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 APRIL 1, 2010 Volume 2

EchoHawk admits 'no way' to clear BIA school backlog
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The Bureau of Indian Affairs has a $1,300,000,000 backlog in school construction. At the current funding rates, it will never get done.

"There's no way,"  said BIA Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk.

Echo Hawk said President Barack Obama requested $52,900,000 in fiscal year 2011 for three school construction projects. That's $9,000,000 less than current levels.

The $1,300,000,000 figure is based on a BIA list of 64 schools that need work. The schools needing the most work usually get priority. However, that priority list hasn't been updated since 2004.

Echo Hawk says a new list is being created.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) has asked for the list repeatedly but said he was given different answers about it.

"This isn't the first time that I've been told something in these hearings ... that wasn't true," said. Franken, who had asked about the list in November.

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