Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman: Bureau of Indian Education Lacks Strategic Plan

Here is the article from Native News Online. An excerpt:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D – Montana), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, on Wednesday expressed frustration over the lack of strategic planning and budgeting by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).

His comments came on the third hearing on Indian education the Committee on Indian Affairs has held since he took over the chairmanship earlier this year.

 “NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF BIE SCHOOLS ARE IN FAIR TO POOR CONDITION AND YET THERE HAS BEEN NO STRATEGIC PLANNING SINCE 2004,” COMMENTED SENATOR TESTER IN HIS OPENING REMARKS.  “IF THE BIE DOESN’T PLAN FOR THE FUTURE WE CAN NEVER PULL INDIAN COUNTRY OUT OF POVERTY.  EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING A PROMISING FUTURE FOR THE TRIBES OF THIS NATION.” SENATOR TESTER CONTINUED.

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