Stansbury Urges Congress To Fund Indigenous Schools

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a joint oversight hearing of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States and the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) continued to lead calls for Congress to fully fund Indigenous schools.

Rep. Stansbury recently led a push to increase Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school construction funding in the FY2023 federal budget in a bipartisan letter signed by 25 of her colleagues to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

More than 85 of 183 BIE schools are rated in poor condition, impacting the well-being and academic success of students attending BIE schools across New Mexico and in Tribal nations across the country.

“I have one message this morning, which is please fund BIE schools,” Rep. Stansbury said. “The federal government has a treaty, trust, and moral responsibility to fund these schools. We signed hundreds of treaties as a nation with our Tribal nations. We made commitments over the last 150 years that we would ensure that our Native children had not only an adequate education, but a brilliant education that would help to prepare them for their futures.”

Rep. Stansbury continued her remarks, highlighting the needs of Tribal schools in New Mexico-and securing a commitment from Director Dearborn to address the urgent needs of To’Hajiilee Community School.

“In my district, the To’Hajiilee Chapter of the Navajo Nation has a school that desperately needs to be replaced. It was built […]

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