Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Navajo College Could Lose Federal Money

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Navajo College Could Lose Federal Money

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SHIPROCK, N.M. -A Navajo college could lose its congressional repair money if the Navajo Nation does not come up with a plan to take over the school building, says a letter from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

The BIA plans to ask Congress to reallocate an unused $1.28 million it set aside for Dine College two years ago for school repairs.

"We cannot continue to allow these funds to remain unobligated and unused when numerous facilities' needs in bureaufunded schools remain unmet," William Collier, director of the BIA's facilities management and construction center, wrote the school president.

The BIA has an estimated $682 million backlog for school repairs and a backlog of $123 million to $130 million for new schools.

When Congress appropriated money for Dine College to remove asbestos and patch a leaky roof, it asked the Navajo Nation to assume control of the BIA-owned building as a condition for using the funds. The takeover did not occur, and the BIA did not release the money. …

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