SUPPORTING NIEA TO TAKE A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN LOBBYING TO OBTAIN FUNDS TO RESPOND TO THE RESEARCH NEEDS UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TITLE V

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WHEREAS: P.L. 100-297 (Indian Education Act of 1988) Authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Education to meet the special and unique needs of American Indian and Alaskan Native children, and

WHEREAS: The law requires the U.S. Department of Education to establish Centers to research those needs and to evaluate programs funded under Title V, and to conduct a survey on Adult education literacy needs, and

WHEREAS: OIE in the U.S. Department of Education has not met this requirement since the Indian Education Act amendments authorizing the activities was established in 1978, and

WHEREAS: The U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics {NCES) does not, has not or can not include adequate representative sampling of American Indian and Alaskan Native populations, and

WHEREAS: The U.S. Department of Education, NCES has neither the comittment nor expects to accurately interpret data from an Indian cultural perspective.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The NIEA take a leadership role in lobbying to obtain funds to respond to the research needs under the authority of Title V; and to strengthen and clarify the statutory language in the upcoming reauthorization to all and clarify OIE’s research activities, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: NIEA support as one of its priorities a provision in the law to give preference to Indian tribes, organizations, college or universities in conducting national research and evaluation.

CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was duly considered by the National Indian Education Association assembled at its annual Conference in Omaha, Nebraska at which a quorum was present and the same passed by a vote of __ in favor and __ opposed, this __ day of October 1991.

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