(From left, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary Roger Boyd. Photo by Bob Zellar/Billings Gazette)
That comment came from Chippewa Cree Chairman Raymond Parker during yesterday’s announcement of $250 million in federal stimulus funds for housing in Indian Country.
It’s good to see Sen. Jon Tester’s call for accountability. But it’s a little disheartening to see Donovan and Education Secretary Arne Duncan describe yesterday’s meeting as eye-opening.
I wrote about this problem a good decade ago, and it had been going on a lot longer than that. These agencies are charged with knowing about these things. And – maybe I’m being naïve here (you think?) – it’s their responsibility to fix them, or at least try.
At least, for the next four years, or as long as Donovan and Duncan are in charge of their agencies, they can no longer plead ignorance of the problem.