Derived from the Indian Adult Vocational Training Act of 1956, the Indian Vocational Training program is overseen by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is subsidized by the federal government. The CFDA Web site alleges an estimated $4,000 was spent on vocational training for American Indians to attend the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D. in fiscal year 2008.
Obligation numbers for fiscal years 2007 and 2009 are listed as “unavailable.” Two messages have been left with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to confirm whether these figures are accurate; no contact has been made in response.
Heaven knows I’m a Jacob Black fan, but I’m allowed to have favorites—the government is not.
Granted, federal money goes to subsidize the education of college students all across the country. Unfortunately, that’s how the system operates.
If only students could obtain degrees in a more equitable fashion…
College is a wonderful thing, and all who wish to learn should endeavor to go, but preferably not at the expense of individuals that don’t receive anything in exchange for the money they put into the system (e.g., single individuals, couples without children, couples with children that aren’t college-bound, etc.).
One of the tenets of classical liberalism is equality, and one of the questions legislators should begin asking themselves is, “How do we craft bills that are fair for everyone?” It’s a difficult thing, but a task legislators need to start tackling if we as a nation are going to stay true to the idea that all men are created equal.