Trump Administration Proposes Big Cuts to Education Programs Serving Native American Students
President Trump has proposed a 12% cut to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) within the Department of the Interior as well as the elimination of a combined $65 million in funding for two Department of Education programs serving Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. The proposed cuts come on the heels of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that raised questions about the BIE’s administration of education services.
- Tribes Bash Proposed Budget Cuts to Native American Programs (PBS Newshour | May 25)
- Bureau of Indian Education Dressed Down in Senate Hearing (The 74 Million | May 17)
- Improving Federal Management of Programs that Serve Tribes and Their Members (U.S. Government Accountability Office | May 24)
As the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) acknowledges in a recent press release, the Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal is the first step in a six to eight-month process that will include working with both the House and Senate. While final decisions on FY 2018 budget will be made later this year, there is reason to engage now:
- Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-2311 to speak with your Congressional member about the proposed budget cuts to the Bureau of Indian Education and the proposed elimination of programs for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians.
- NIEA offers an overview for how to contact your senators, including a brief script/template.