Federal - S 2468

A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a 5-year demonstration program to provide grants to eligible Indian tribes for the construction of tribal schools, and for other purposes.

Introduced

January 27, 2016

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A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a 5-year demonstration program to provide grants to eligible Indian tribes for the construction of tribal schools, and for other purposes.

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  • April 27, 2016 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

    April 27, 2016 — Committee Vote: Tribal Schools Construction Grants — Substitute Amendment
      Tester, D-Mont. —

    Substitute amendment that would require tribal schools applying for a grant to include a statement certifying the availability of the grantee's contribution and a letter from the entity guaranteeing the funding if it is being provided by an Indian tribe, tribal organization, tribal foundation or other third-party entity.

    It would require the Interior secretary to give top priority to an eligible applicant that submits an application to develop housing for educators on Indian lands.

    The amendment would give the Government Accountability Office 18 months, rather than a year, to submit to Congress a comprehensive report describing the implementation of a provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 that requires the Interior secretary to consult with Indian tribes to develop an agreement for the use of funds and achievement measures to assess program effectiveness.

    Substitute amendment that would require tribal schools applying for a grant to include a statement certifying the availability of the grantee's contribution and a letter from the entity guaranteeing the funding if it is being provided by an Indian tribe, tribal organization, tribal foundation or other third-party entity.

    It would require the Interior secretary to give top priority to an eligible applicant that submits an application to develop housing for educators on Indian lands.

    The amendment would give the Government Accountability Office 18 months, rather than a year, to submit to Congress a comprehensive report describing the implementation of a provision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 that requires the Interior secretary to consult with Indian tribes to develop an agreement for the use of funds and achievement measures to assess program effectiveness.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    April 27, 2016 — Committee Vote: Tribal Schools Construction Grants — Vote to Report
    Tester, D-Mont. —

    Require the Interior secretary to create a demonstration program between fiscal 2017 and 2021 to provide grants to eligible Indian tribes for the construction of replacement tribal schools. In order to receive a grant under the program, a tribe must specify to the Interior Department the construction costs and agree to a cost-sharing arrangement in which the Indian tribe must pay at least 25 percent of the construction costs.

    It also would authorize $5 million annually in fiscal 2017 through 2021 for grants to tribal colleges or universities to build new facilities or renovate or expand existing facilities, acquire property or provide existing facilities with certain equipment.

    It would authorize $5 million annually, beginning in fiscal 2017, for the Interior secretary to award grants to Native American tribes, organizations or designated housing entities to construct and provide housing in rural areas to full-time teachers, principals, administrator or other licensed elementary and secondary school educators who are employed by Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, tribally controlled schools or those public schools in which more than 25 percent of the students are Native American.

    Require the Interior secretary to create a demonstration program between fiscal 2017 and 2021 to provide grants to eligible Indian tribes for the construction of replacement tribal schools. In order to receive a grant under the program, a tribe must specify to the Interior Department the construction costs and agree to a cost-sharing arrangement in which the Indian tribe must pay at least 25 percent of the construction costs.

    It also would authorize $5 million annually in fiscal 2017 through 2021 for grants to tribal colleges or universities to build new facilities or renovate or expand existing facilities, acquire property or provide existing facilities with certain equipment.

    It would authorize $5 million annually, beginning in fiscal 2017, for the Interior secretary to award grants to Native American tribes, organizations or designated housing entities to construct and provide housing in rural areas to full-time teachers, principals, administrator or other licensed elementary and secondary school educators who are employed by Bureau of Indian Affairs schools, tribally controlled schools or those public schools in which more than 25 percent of the students are Native American.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) by voice vote.
  • April 6, 2016 — Full committee hearing held by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

  • April 4, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Franken, (D-Minn.)
  • March 9, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Heinrich, (D-N.M.)
  • Jan. 27, 2016 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Cantwell, (D-Wash.)
  • Jan. 27, 2016 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Indian Affairs.Congressional Record p. S254

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