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Government launches a book blog

By Ed O'Keefe

Looking for a good read about the Civil War to take to the beach this summer? How about some facts and figures on Afghanistan and Pakistan? Or maybe a retelling of the history of the Metric system in the United States? (Okay, yes, that last one is a stretch.)

Sprocket Man
Sprocket Man, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s superhero for safe biking, as featured on GPO's blog. (Courtesy GPO)

The Government Printing Office has launched Government BookTalk, a blog devoted to the thousands of publications, reports and manuals published by the federal government each year.

Sure, there are plenty of government blogs, but it's rare to find one driven by one author allowed to let his creativity and personal interests run wild. (If you want to see the alternative, check out: White House Blog and TSA Blog. Snore.)

And no, it's not highlighting updates to the U.S. Code or Federal Register. Instead it's bookmark-worthy for history buffs and Beltway nerds who love old government posters, military history and military-commissioned Dr. Seuss drawings.

The blog's author, Jim Cameron, is a veteran GPO employee who works for the agency's publications sales program and describes himself as "a serious book person" with a preference for historical and biographical books. He deserves credit for launching the blog and GPO earns kudos for letting him do it his way.

Check it out here and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 5, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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Add this to the book:
New Mexico Senator Tom Udall Calls for Indictment of all Bureau of Indian Education ( BIE) / Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Officials Who Let BIE Schools Get Into a State of National Emergency.
After visiting almost all Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in New Mexico, Senator Tom Udall has called for an indictment of all federal officials who let BIE schools get into such a tragic mess that most, if not all are unsafe for their Native students (Links: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/haskellnews/2010/mar/05/leadership-at-haskell-indian-nations-university-fa/ and http://www.krqe.com/generic/news/larry_barker/bia_schools).
haskellnews commentary
http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/haskellnews/2010/may/05/new-mexico-senator-tom-udall-calls-for-iindictment/

Posted by: zooami1 | May 5, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

And this:
After calling the situation a NATIONAL EMERGENCY and NATIONAL DISGRACE from the United States President on down, New Mexico, Senator Udall states the U.S. government has failed to ensure and assist Native American students in receiving educational benefits equal to the standards and opportunities that are available to other students in America.

How high does BIA/BIE school scandal reach?

The Bureau of Indian Affairs runs one of the country’s biggest public school systems, but its negligence in protecting children’s safety is a national disgrace, U.S. senator Tom Udall said after reviewing a probe by KRQE News 13 investigative reporter Larry Barker.( Link:http://www.krqe.com/generic/news/larry_barker/bia_schools)

After a two year investigation by Channel 13′s KRQE’s reporter Larry Barker, Senator Tom Udall, has expressed his outrage and concern about Bureau of Indian Education schools. As have Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback have along with Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins, and Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore.

Many questions remain unanswered such as why unqualified people like Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn are hired to manage one the the largest United States school districts, with only a master’s in social work, and with no educational qualifications.

Is Ms. Birdwell-Bighorn simply a political Senior Executive Service appointee? We must ask what is going on here?

haskellnews commentary
http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/haskellnews/2010/may/05/new-mexico-senator-tom-udall-calls-for-iindictment

Posted by: zooami1 | May 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

And This:
There is a continued Bureau of Indian Education policy of placing so called, unqualified people are put into “acting” positions and giving them free rein to actively destroy existing programs and schools, as if they actually have the job. Then after one year they are deemed good enough for whatever the job is and placed into it, while lacking the needed qualifications. This policy has allowed disintegration of Native American programs and schools. Which leads us to wonder why the lack of qualified personnel? And why does Washington D.C. allow this oversight in the Native American educational system?

Posted by: zooami1 | May 5, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

And this:
Why is a person with a master’s degree even interviewed for the position as the new Bureau of Indian Education director? When a Harvard educated Ph.D has also applied or two Penn State Grads also with Ph.D.’s and a he!! of a lot of experience in education appiled.These things simply make no sense and would not happen in other American school systems. Please tell us, we are wrong and a man with a master’s, who can’t even qualify for a state superintendent’s certificate, isn’t about to become the new director. Native Americans deserve better and are tired of settling for second best. Especially when they have the best among their own people.

During the interview with Larry Barker, Larry Echohawk is seen, crying about under funding ( well, not literally this time). Extended Interview: ( Link:http://www.krqe.com/generic/news/larry_barker/bia_schools).

President Barack Obama you promised change.

Where is the change for Native American Education, President Obama?

And may we make this suggest to Larry Echohawk, stop crying and do something about this” NATIONAL EMERGENCY and NATIONAL DISGRACE”.

Our hats off to Larry Barker of Channel 13, KRQE(CBS affiliate) for his two year investigation into this matter, we know it was a lot of hard work, he promised us not to give up and we believe him:

Posted by: zooami1 | May 5, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

And this update:
Breaking News: Senate Indian Affairs Committee to Hold Hearing Next Week on Safety Issues at BIA Schools.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today announced that the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next week on the massive health and safety deficiencies uncovered at Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools. The hearing, titled "Does Indian School Safety Get a Passing Grade?" is scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Udall requested the hearing several months ago as part of his proposal to develop a "Marshall Plan" to eliminate the backlog in construction and maintenance of facilities that impact all parts of life in Indian Country - and ensure the safety of all Native children attending BIA schools. Currently, many schools within the BIA system have serious structural deficiencies, are not handicapped accessible, and are in violation of building and fire codes.

Posted by: zooami1 | May 5, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

CON'T
The deficiencies in BIA schools were further underscored in a recent series by KRQE Albuquerque's veteran investigative reporter, Larry Barker, which found that BIA has done nothing to remedy the situation despite repeated requests by officials from schools throughout the system.

"If these problems were occurring anywhere else in America, the public outcry would be enormous," Udall said. "The unfortunate reality is that the safety concerns facing children in our country's Native communities are all too often ‘out of sight, out of mind.' It's my hope that this hearing will be the first step in remedying this unacceptable situation."

Posted by: zooami1 | May 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

CON'T
In addition to the hearing, earlier this year Udall criticized BIA plans to cut more than $8 million in funding for future school construction and maintenance. In an effort to restore and increase funding for school construction, Udall and several of his colleagues sent a letter to the Budget Committee requesting that the Bureau of Indian Affairs Education Construction account be raised from the president's request of $53 million to the 2003 funding level of $293 million, the highest amount in the last seven years. Last year, Udall joined several of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama with recommendations on funding levels for tribal infrastructure projects to be included in his recovery package. This included a recommended $658 million for construction at tribal schools and colleges.

Our hats are off to U.S. Senator Tom Udall and KRQE Albuquerque's veteran investigative reporter, Larry Barker.
In addition to the hearing, earlier this year Udall criticized BIA plans to cut more than $8 million in funding for future school construction and maintenance. In an effort to restore and increase funding for school construction, Udall and several of his colleagues sent a letter to the Budget Committee requesting that the Bureau of Indian Affairs Education Construction account be raised from the president's request of $53 million to the 2003 funding level of $293 million, the highest amount in the last seven years. Last year, Udall joined several of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama with recommendations on funding levels for tribal infrastructure projects to be included in his recovery package. This included a recommended $658 million for construction at tribal schools and colleges.

Our hats are off to U.S. Senator Tom Udall and KRQE Albuquerque's veteran investigative reporter, Larry Barker.
In addition to the hearing, earlier this year Udall criticized BIA plans to cut more than $8 million in funding for future school construction and maintenance. In an effort to restore and increase funding for school construction, Udall and several of his colleagues sent a letter to the Budget Committee requesting that the Bureau of Indian Affairs Education Construction account be raised from the president's request of $53 million to the 2003 funding level of $293 million, the highest amount in the last seven years. Last year, Udall joined several of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama with recommendations on funding levels for tribal infrastructure projects to be included in his recovery package. This included a recommended $658 million for construction at tribal schools and colleges.

Our hats are off to U.S. Senator Tom Udall and KRQE Albuquerque's veteran investigative reporter, Larry Barker.

haskellnews commentary 05/05/2010

http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/haskellnews/2010/may/05/breaking-newsudall-senate-indian-affairs-committee/

Posted by: zooami1 | May 5, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I AM VERY SAD NO BODY CARE MY COMMENTS.WHY?

Posted by: lifegeorge | May 6, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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