Summary: S.1215 — 95th Congress (1977-1978)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (09/26/1978)

(Measure passed House, amended, in lieu of H.R. 9158)

Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act - =Title I: Tribally Controlled Community Colleges= - Provides for educational grants by the Secretary of the Interior to tribally controlled Indian community colleges. Provides that schools eligible for such grants shall be: (1) formally controlled, sanctioned or chartered by an Indian tribe or tribes; (2) governed by a board of directors, a majority of whom are Indians; (3) directed by stated goals, philosophy, or plan or action aimed at meeting the needs of Indians; and (4) attended by students, a majority of whom must be Indians if the school has been in operation more than one year.

Authorizes technical assistance to the schools. Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to contract with the Assistant Secretary of Education of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for feasibility studies of individual schools. Requires such studies to be conducted by the Secretary of the Interior upon tribal request.

Provides for the administration and funding of these grants, with certain rule-making authority being vested in the Secretary. Requires institutions receiving grants to provide annually to the Secretary detailed accounts of operating costs.

Directs the Secretary, in consultation with the National Center for Education Statistics, to collect information on the needs and costs of the colleges and to report annually to Congress.

Authorizes appropriations of $25,000,000 for each fiscal year 1980 and 1981, and $30,000,000 for fiscal year 1982 for such grants. Authorizes appropriations of $3,200,000 for each of these fiscal years for technical assistance.

Stipulates that assistance under this Act shall not, in itself, prevent any recipient college from receiving other educational assistance. Excludes the Navajo Tribe from the provisions of this Title, as well as any colleges which limits enrollment to specific tribes. Directs the Secretary to prepare and submit to Congress a report on existing and planned tribally controlled community college facilities, including Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities which could be reasonably converted to such use. Requires the Secretary to submit to Congress by November, 1979, a survey and study on the academic facilities required by these colleges.

=Title II: Navajo Community College= - Navajo Community College Assistance Act - Amends the Navajo Community College Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to submit to Congress by August, 1979, a survey and study on the academic facilities required by the Navajo Community College. Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years 1980, 1981, and 1982, of such sums as may be necessary for making construction grants.

Authorizes additional operating and maintenance appropriations for the College. Directs the Secretary to establish procedures to control such appropriations and to segregate them from appropriations for Navajo programs historically expended by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.