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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 6, 2002 - Issue 58


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gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Tribal school in Supreme Court debate

In an odd twist to the president's "leave no child behind" policy, the Bush administration is balking at the notion it should repair a set of crumbling school buildings in Arizona.

Taking the battle all the way to the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice has asked the nine Justices to reverse a ruling affecting the Theodore Roosevelt School. Located within the boundaries of the White Mountain Apache Reservation, the facility is built on a former U.S. Army fort and has been used to educate tribal children since the 1920s.

But according to Solicitor General Ted Olson, the Department of Interior has no obligation to rehabilitate and repair more than 30 buildings. In a petition filed in January, he said the federal government only has a "limited trust responsibility" that does not require maintenance.

Neither can the government be forced to pay $14 million for failing to fix buildings all sides in the dispute agree are in poor condition, Olson continued. Unless an appeals court ruling is reversed, claims could be brought on the 56 million acres of land held in trust for tribes and individual Indians, he argued.

"The decision in this case could prompt money-damages claims for breach of trust with respect to such property, even though such claims would otherwise be barred," Olson wrote on January 15.

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"The American Indian College Fund Receives Grant From the UPS Foundation"
"The American Indian College Fund today received a $32,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of the United Parcel Service. The grant will be used for scholarships for Native American students attending tribal colleges across the United States.

"We are deeply appreciative of the continuing support from UPS," said Richard Williams, executive director of the Denver-based non-profit organization. "This funding will enable students attending tribal colleges to pursue their goals in higher education which will in turn have a direct impact on native communities."

Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social issues. The Atlanta-based foundation's major initiatives currently include programs that support family and workplace literacy, prepared and perishable food distribution and increased nationwide volunteerism.

"The spirit of UPS and our employees has always been to provide great service -- and that includes service to the communities in which we live and work," said Evern Cooper, President of the UPS Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Relations. "Our approach is to apply financial and human resources as part of our effort to address the educational and human welfare needs around the world. UPS's support of the American Indian College Fund reflects our shared vision and commitment to improve our communities."

In 2001, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $40 million worldwide. Of that amount, more than $20.5 million was awarded through the Corporate Grant Program, $3.1 million was distributed through the Region/District Grant Program, $2.5 million was awarded through the Community Investment Grant Program, and $9.3 million was donated to United Way. Last year, The Foundation distributed $4.8 million in local charitable giving.

The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, has spent morethan a decade helping to increase educational opportunities for Native students. With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the Denver-based non-profit distributes scholarships and support to tribal colleges across the country. This aid directly supports more than 5,000 students in achieving their college education. The College Fund also supports endowments, developmental needs and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training."

SOURCE The American Indian College Fund

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