Indian Relocation:

Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission Estimated Relocation Cost

RCED-86-43FS: Published: Oct 25, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1985.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO prepared a fact sheet on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission's activities, including: (1) the number of Indian families to be relocated; (2) a breakout of the actual and estimated relocation costs; (3) the Commission's replacement-home benefits levels; and (4) the most recent Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) average housing cost in the northern Arizona area.

GAO found that: (1) approximately 900 Indian families had been relocated and an estimated 1,675 remained to be relocated or are eligible for relocation benefits as of October 16, 1985; (2) a total of over $253 million will have been spent by the time relocation is completed at the end of fiscal year 1988; (3) if Senate appropriations are not enacted, the Commission will need an estimated $284.227 million because of the delay; (4) replacement-home benefits are currently $55,000 for families with three or fewer members and $66,000 for families with four or more members; and (5) the average cost for BIA housing is $40,000.

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