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ERIC Number: ED241225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-11
Realinement of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Hearing before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs. United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.
The text of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs' hearing on the proposed reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) notes that reorganization would consolidate BIA's 12 area offices into 5 regional service centers, create 2 special program offices and 3 field offices, and reduce 12 area education offices to 5 regional centers. Statements of BIA officials defend their reorganization plan. Statements from Senators indicate they felt BIA plans were not clearly presented, might have been formulated primarily to reduce the BIA budget by $16 million rather than to make operations more efficient, and did not thoroughly weigh possible adverse effects. A prepared set of questions and answers on effects of reorganization on Indian education, submitted by Senator William S. Cohen, is included. A statement from David Gusky, legislative director of the National Federation of Federal Employees, indicated adamant opposition to the reorganization. A statement from Elmer Savilla, executive director of the National Tribal Chairmen's Association, urges the Committee to insist that the Department of the Interior stop implementation of the reorganization and commence drafting a plan which would be in full consultation and cooperation with the tribes. Letters and statements from other tribal groups also indicate opposition. (MH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.