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Choctaw Nation School Back in Bureau of Indian Education System (Dec 27, 2011)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma congressman has included language in legislation that will allow a Choctaw Nation school to be a part of the Bureau of Indian Education school system.

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren told the Tulsa World the change will make Jones Academy near Hartshorne eligible for additional federal funding. Boren says the language was included in an omnibus appropriations bill that recently passed the House.

He says the school's removal from the system dates back to a federal government program in the 1950s. It was repealed in 1970 but the removal remained intact.

Boren says schools like Jones Academy teach tribal languages and craftsmanship, and are working to keep Native American culture from disappearing.

The school — established in 1891 — has enrolled students from 29 tribes and different states.



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