Summary: S.2044 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/02/1992)

Native American Languages Act of 1992 - Amends the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible tribal governments and Native American organizations to assist Native Americans in assuring the survival and continuing vitality of their languages.

Permits the use of grants for: (1) community language programs; (2) training programs for teachers, interpreters, broadcasters, and translators; (3) production of teaching materials; (4) compilation of oral testimony; and (5) purchase of equipment.

Requires grant applications to include: (1) language status description; and (2) project description and objectives.

Authorizes applicant organizations to form project partnerships with educational institutions.

Provides that grants: (1) may be awarded for up to three years; (2) shall cover up to 80 percent of project costs; and (3) shall be administered through the Administration for Native Americans.

Directs the Secretary to appoint a panel of experts in Indian culture and languages to assist in reviewing grant applications.

Amends the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to authorize FY 1993 through 1997 grant appropriations.

Native Americans Educational Assistance Act - Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with the National Captioning Institute, Inc., to carry out a demonstration project to determine the effectiveness of captioned educational materials in Bureau of Indian Affairs' schools. Directs the Secretary to submit a project report to the Congress within 12 months of enactment of this Act. Authorizes appropriations.