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Clinton's Proposed Budget to Trim Programs for Indians

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clinton's Proposed Budget to Trim Programs for Indians

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Clinton's Proposed Budget To Trim Programs For Indians.

by David Pego

AUSTIN, TX -- Many educators and tribal leaders have expressed dismay that President Clinton's proposed budget calls for reducing or eliminating some Indian programs.

"Indian education has never been fully funded and it cannot stand any cuts," says Mary Ann Brittan, vice president of the Norman, OK based American Indian Education and Research Development Inc., which trains Indian educators and develops innovative materials through federal grants.

The Clinton budget proposes reducing Indian school construction by 42 percent, cutting Indian Health Service construction by 57 percent, and eliminating several loan programs, including two for Indian entrepreneurs.

Dennis Schutt, superintendent of the Mary Indian School for the Yankton Sioux in Marty, SD, says "anything that comes up as a cut is going to be a problem," since his operation has exhausted most of its reserve funds.

He says that the need for more money to fund Indian education is so dire that another Indian school is sending out pamphlets asking for donations to keep its school open.

Marty Indian School is totally funded by federal dollars, and its budget is tight. In the South Dakota public school system, about $4,200 is spent on the average student. Two-thirds of that amount is spent on each student at Marty.

Tribal officials and others fear there may be devastating consequences if Congress doesn't step in to rescue funding for American Indian education, health and economic programs. …

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