High Country News
By Mark Trahant August 23, 2011
So far, most of the government"s austerity movement has been theoretical. We know the federal budget is shrinking, but the evidence of that has been slow to surface.
Proposals to wipe out the Bureau of Indian Affairs (and replace it with what?) remain little more than spin. Kentucky Sen. Paul Rand's bill, for example, has no co-sponsors, no hearing schedule and no chance.
But real budget cuts, the kind that will have deep and lasting impact in Native American communities across the country, are starting to take shape.
Last week the Office of Management and Budget sent a memorandum to agencies outlining an approach to the coming budget.