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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 12, 2002 - Issue 53


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gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Reform of Native schools finally passes Senate

WASHINGTON – The promise to improve Native schools may finally be kept.

After more than two years of tribal meetings, Committee hearings and debates, the Senate finally passed the "Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001." The legislation includes a comprehensive set of reforms that address all areas of BIA and tribally operated schools including accreditation, accountability, the recruitment of Indian teachers, and the construction of Indian schools. The bill has now been sent to President Bush for his approval.

Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, was the bill’s sponsor. As the former chairman of the committee he held numerous hearings on school construction, education standards and Indian education.

"As a former teacher and one who knows all too well the problems faced by Indian youngsters, I strongly believe that education holds the key to individual accomplishment, the promotion of developed Native communities and real self-determination," Campbell said. "I believe that the Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001 is legislation that improves the conditions and operations of Bureau and tribally operated schools."

Campbell said the bill would provide standards and accreditation for Indian schools, as well as provide local educational authorities with the flexibility to design and implement school reforms, without what he calls unproductive and often redundant federal regulations. The bill also includes key school construction provisions, early childhood development programs, and family literacy programs.


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