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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Tsosie
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/30/06
HB
SHORT TITLE
NAVAJO & ENGLISH EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAMMING
SB 281
ANALYST Weber
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$655.6
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates HB 11
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Indian Affairs Department (IAD)
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 281 appropriates $655.6 thousand to identify existing Navajo and English bilingual
and educational programming and to develop and distribute language and educational curricula
using digital technology.
Indian Affairs Department is to divide the total amount in two ways:
1.
$156,848 to identify in coordination with the Crownpoint Institute of Technology (CIT)
and the public broadcasting station KNME existing Navajo and English bilingual
educational programming;
2.
$498,748 to produce, develop and distribute Navajo language curricula in conjunction
with the CIT and the Navajo Nation broadcasting service
.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $655.6 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
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fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to the
general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Indian Affairs Department notes.
The bill appears to align with the tenets of the NM Indian Education Act of 2003. The Act
supports the maintenance of Native languages and development of Native American language
curriculum to meet the needs of Indian students. The bill would bring several tribal entities
together to produce or identify appropriate educational resources/programming that would
address the preservation or revitalization of the Navajo language while supporting English
literacy and proficiency. The bill intends to use television and digital technology to distribute the
language and educational programming. These mediums are particularly important to ensure
access to some of the remote Navajo Nation Chapters in New Mexico
.
A culturally relevant
curriculum of this nature may assist Indian children achieve academic success while helping to
preserve and maintain Native languages.
The Public Education Department adds.
The educational materials of this nature do not exist in the traditional publishing market from
which instructional materials are obtained. This bill would address this need by creating
materials in digital format, preserving the verbal and visual aspects of language that are not
conveyed adequately in print alone.
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