Senate Cuts Indian-School Aid

By James Crawford — September 24, 1986 1 min read

The Senate last week voted to cut funds for Indian education, approving a spending bill (H R 5234) that would allocate $62- I million for the program in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

That amount is $2 million below the current level, $5 million below the House-passed appropriation, and about $13 million less than the Reagan Administration had proposed.

The Senate measure includes $46.8 million for grants to school districts and Indian-controlled schools under part A of the Johnson O’Malley Act.

Special programs for Indian students would receive $9.9 million, and $3 million would be provided for educational-services projects.

Earlier, the House approved 67.2 million for Indian education slightly more than was appropriated for fiscal 1986 before automatic cuts were imposed by the Gramm-Rudman- Hollings deficit-reduction act.

The Administration’s request for $75.7 million was contingent on a plan to restructure federal aid to Indian education by turning grant administration over to the states. Neither the House nor the Senate has acted on the proposal.

A version of this article appeared in the September 24, 1986 edition of Education Week as Senate Cuts Indian-School Aid