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Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote


A controversial Indian education bill cleared a key hurdle on Wednesday after Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) blew up at a committee meeting on Capitol Hill.

McCain, who is running for re-election, lashed out at the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs at the meeting, accusing Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) of not caring about the dire conditions at Bureau of Indian Education schools. Reciting a slew of statistics, he said Indian students continue to suffer at the hands of the federal government.

"So the Senator from Montana wants the status quo," McCain said. "A new school year has begun for 41,000 Native American students in 185 BIE schools around the nation -- half of them will not graduate high school."


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