The Bureau of Indian Affairs will see some cuts in the budget bill unveiled by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.
But the cuts aren’t significant, given the $38 billion that was put on the chopping block as part of the agreement reached by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). In some cases, BIA programs actually will be receiving more money under the bill.
According to the committee’s documents, the continuing resolution for fiscal year 2011 funds the BIA at $2.334 billion. That’s only $1.45 million below the amount in the 2010 bill.
Within that amount, the bill funds contract support costs at $220 million. That’s $60 million higher than the 2010 level.
The bill also includes $585.4 million for school operations. That’s $16.7 million above the 2010 level.
For construction, the bill provides $210 million. That’s only $15 million below the 2010 level and it’s actually higher than the amount Obama is seeking for the next fiscal year.
The bill also funds tribal land and water settlements with $46.48 million. That’s nearly the same as the 2010 level.
For the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, the bill provides $161 million. That’s a cut of about $25 million, which mainly affects historical accounting activities.