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Research shows that violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women in the U.S. is a crisis. Cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women persist nationwide, but without more comprehensive case data in federal databases, the full extent of the problem is unknown.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
All Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools closed their buildings in March 2020 in response to COVID-19, affecting over 41,000 students at 183 schools.
We testified that the Bureau did not offer comprehensive guidance on distance learning.
A large 2017 wildfire in southwest Oregon destroyed 6 homes and threatened thousands more. Its smoke also contributed to respiratory and other health problems in nearby communities and hurt businesses and workers.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
According to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the federal government inadequately supports Native Americans’ physical, social, and economic well-being. Inefficient delivery of federal services is one factor.
Usually, the General Services Administration buys or leases the real estate that federal agencies use for offices, labs, etc. However, GSA delegates some of its leasing authority to agencies. GSA is supposed to ensure that those leases' rental values and rates are fair and reasonable.
More than 80% of the land held in trust for Indian tribes and their members is used for farming, ranching, or other agricultural purposes.
But the extent to which Indian tribes and their members receive agricultural credit, such as loans to buy farm equipment, is unclear.