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Larry Echohawk, has a funny way ..... as he puts it of “Advancing Indian Education".

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"The Bureau of Indian Education (B.I.E.) is one of only two agencies in the Federal government that manages a school system, the other being the Department of Defense. Education is critical to ensuring a viable and prosperous future for tribal communities and American Indians. It is this Department’s goal to improve Indian education and provided quality educational opportunities for those students who attend the 183 BIE funded elementary and secondary schools and dormitories located on 64 reservations in 23 states and serving approximately 41,000 students"... Larry Echohawk, Asst' Secretary -Indian Affairs.

Larry Echohawk, has a funny way ..... as he puts it of “Advancing Indian Education".

In the above speech given on March 8th, 2011, before the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, Committee on Natural Resources and U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Echohawk states that education is critical to American Indians, yet aren't American Indian schools that he is in charge of falling apart?

Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, has been without a president for two years. During that time hasn't the school taken a notable dive? Haven't graduation rates during the last two years dropped from nine percent to one percent? Have not various people been “in charge"? Are they not losing their football and volleyball teams? Have they not lost some of their best employees since the departure of Dr. Warner? Do they not have a high rate a crime for such a small campus? Isn't the head of their board of regents (George Tiger) to under- educated to try and lead a “university board”? Haven’t charges been brought against Mr.Tiger by his own tribe for missing funds? (thevoicesofcourage.com) how many times has the board under George's leadership gone to Washington D.C. and actually lobbied congress for money for Haskell? Isn't that a part of their job?

Because of Larry Echohawk's great concern for American Indian Education hasn't Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) lost their accreditation?

Maybe, there was a time Mr. Echohawk that American Indians would have just taken all of this? We are thinking that time might be over with? Don't you think tribes are going to start calling for accountability on your part? We doubt tears will do the trick this time.

haskellnews commentary March 03, 2011

Link: www.bia.gov/idc/groups/xocl/documents/text/idc013223.pdf+larry+echohawk+budge

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