NCAI Update on Budget

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House and Senate negotiators released a $1.012 trillion FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill (HR 3547) on January 13, 2014 that provides directives for all 12 appropriations bills, including the Interior-Environment bill, which provides funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service. The Senate cleared a three-day continuing resolution (H J Res 106) today to keep the government open through January 18. Throughout the last year, tribes have urged policy-makers to undo sequester reductions and avoid cutting even more deeply from key domestic investments, which include the solemn duty to fund the trust responsibility. The Murray-Ryan budget agreement reached in December (PL 113-67) partially replaces sequestration.

TEDNA Representative Hoopa Valley Receives 2013 Partners in Conservation Award from Sec. Jewell as Part of Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program

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The press release can be seen here.  An excerpt:

The Klamath tribal youth education program was launched last summer and connected scientists and college students to Klamath Basin restoration projects. The program brought together youth representing the Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Kaurk Tribe, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation and the Klamath Tribes with scientists from the NASA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Partners in Conservation Awards recognize outstanding examples of conservation legacies achieved when the Department of the Interior engages groups and individuals representing a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests to work collaboratively to renew lands and resources.

Congrats to the Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program and keep up the good work!

DR. JEAN O’BRIEN & PAMELA AGOYO NAMED TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR COBELL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

From Native News Online, here. An excerpt:

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced her selection of Dr. Jean O’Brien, of the University of Minnesota, and Pamela Agoyo, of the University of New Mexico, to serve as the Secretary’s appointees to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund.  The five-member board will oversee the scholarship fund, which was authorized by the Cobell Settlement to provide financial assistance to Native American students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.

Education Laws Overdue for Renewal Languish in Congress

From Ed Week here. A quote:

As the 113th Congress returns for its second year, nearly every major education law remains overdue for reauthorization, leaving issues from early childhood to workforce development caught in a vortex of partisan rancor.

Education advocates are fearful that Congress—which triggered the government shutdown late last year and has a historically low approval rating—won’t be able to get any of the pending bills across the finish line by December, when this Congress comes to a close. And observers across the political spectrum are highly skeptical that much work will get done by the time President Barack Obama leaves office, three years from now, on laws badly in need of updating.

Boosts for Head Start, Title I, Special Education in Federal Spending Bill

Here from Ed Week.  An excerpt:

Federal funding for most schools would be largely restored after the biggest cuts to K-12 spending in history, under a giant spending bill unveiled Monday night by Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress. And the Head Start early childhood program would see a major, $1 billion boost.

But two initiatives high on the Obama administration’s wish list—a Race to the Top for higher education and $750 million in new grants to help states improve their preschool programs—won’t receive funding in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 of this year. What’s more, the Obama administration’s signature school turnaround program would undergo a major makeover, resulting in more flexibility for states and districts to devise their own strategies for fixing the lowest-performing schools.

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Other winners in the bill include Impact Aid, which helps school districts make up for tax revenue lost because of a federal presence, such as a Native American reservation or military base. The budget compromise finances Impact Aid at $1.3 billion, a $64 million increase over last year’s levels. While many Impact Aid districts were able to weather the sequester cuts, a number of others had to lay off staff, cut programs, and even close down schools.