Senate Cuts Indian-School Aid

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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.

Vol. 06, Issue 03, Page 11

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