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25 years ago: BIA proposes tuition plan for Haskell

January 8, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 8, 1987:

According to a plan announced today by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tuition at Haskell Indian Junior College would no longer be free. Under the plan, which still needed Congressional approval to pass, students would have to pay $850 a year at the BIA's three post-secondary institutions. Besides Haskell, these were Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute at Albuquerque, N.M., and the Institute of American Indian Arts at Santa Fe. "What we want to do is force a commitment on the part of a student," said Carl Shaw of the BIA. "If a person has a little money it it, we think he or she will get a whole lot more out of it. Why should an Indian walk into a school without any kind of commitment?" The proposal was part of a larger package requiring the BIA to give up what a fact sheet called its "alarmingly substandard" schools and also requiring scholarship holders to pledge to work for their tribes. When questioned whether the tuition requirement would prevent some students from attending college, Shaw said, "Of course there's really no way of knowing for sure, but I don't think enrollment will suffer at all." Haskell President Gerald Gipp, responding the next day, objected to the price tag, saying that the proposal could indeed have an impact on enrollment.

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