ERIC Number: ED480450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Quiet Crisis: Federal Funding and Unmet Needs in Indian Country.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
This report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights examines federal funding of programs intended to assist Native Americans at the Department of Interior, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Education, and Department of Agriculture. The report reveals that federal funding directed to Native Americans through programs at these agencies has not been sufficient to address the basic and very urgent needs of Indigenous peoples. Among the myriad unmet needs are health care, education, public safety, housing, and rural development. The section on education outlines the history of federal Indian education; describes current issues related to dropout disparities, loss of cultural identity, and community involvement; and looks at unmet needs in the areas of school administration, special education, higher education, vocational rehabilitation, and other set-aside programs. Significant disparities in federal funding exist between Native Americans and other groups in our nation. Among immediate requirements for increased funding are infrastructure development, without which tribal governments cannot properly deliver services; tribal courts; and tribal priority allocations, which permit tribes to pursue their own priorities and respond to the needs of their citizens. The Commission recommends that all federal agencies administering Native American programs identify and regularly assess unmet needs. The federal government is obligated to ensure that funding is adequate to meet these needs. (Contains a glossary and 36 data tables) (Author/TD)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians, Educational Needs, Federal Aid, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal Programs, Health Needs, Housing Needs, Poverty, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Rural Development, Self Determination, Trust Responsibility (Government)
For full text: http//www.usccr.gov/pubs/na0703/na0731.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED506842