Fight to keep education services on Indian reservations
RAPID CITY –– Several tribes and tribal schools in the Dakotas have filed a federal court motion to enforce a 2007 settlement agreement with the Bureau of Indian Education. They are all original plaintiffs in the prior lawsuit.
“Sadly, the BIE seems dedicated to removing most if not all of the reservation level support services for tribal schools, while building upper level bureaucracy,” said Charles Abourezk, one of the attorneys for plaintiffs. “The appropriations to the Bureau of Indian Education for support for tribal grant and contract schools are being disproportionately depleted by the highly paid, upper level bureaucratic positions,” alleges a motion filed on behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and several tribal schools against the BIE.