Is It Enough? Senate Committee Reviews Indian Country Budget
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs didn’t hear much that was surprising during a March 9 oversight hearing on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal. And that was disappointing.
Senators asked most of the witnesses the simple question, “Is that enough money?” Witnesses answered with some variation on the statement that this administration has been more responsive to needs in Indian country than have previous regimes.
But no one gave the short answer senators have been hearing in oversight hearings, be they on Justice, or Education, or Health care, for years – “No, this does not begin to be enough money to meet the federal government’s trust and treaty obligations to the country’s 567 federally-recognized tribes.”