A proposed cut in federal funding for Haskell Indian Junior College for fiscal year 1993 might mean slashing anything from teacher education programs to residential hall construction, U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., told a House subcommittee on Tuesday.
Slattery urged members of the House Appropriations Subcomittee on Interior and Related Agencies to reject the Bush administration's proposed budget cuts and tuition charge for the two-year college.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has proposed reducing Haskell's budget base from this year's level of $7.1 million to $5.8 million.
Slattery said such a reduction would eliminate funds that have allowed for a summer school program, expansion of the natural resources program and plans for a teacher education program.
Slattery said Bush has proposed a tuition charge for Haskell students of $1,000 to $1,200 annually. Currently, Haskell students don't pay tuition because it's a federally funded institution.
Slattery said Haskell needs additional funding in 1993 for improvements such as developing programs, updating instructional equipment, which includes anything from computer equipment to book acquisitions, and building on-campus housing.
Slattery told the subcommittee that if Haskell is to continue to effectively accomplish its mission, sufficient funding must be a priority.