Obama's budget provides boosts for IHS and BIA
President Barack Obama last week released details of his fiscal year 2010 budget, which boosts funding at the Indian Health Serviceand the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The budget seeks $4 billion for the IHS, a 13 percent increase from current levels. The most significant boost is for contract support costs, which tribes use to manage health care.

At the BIA, the budget seeks $304 million for public safety, a 12 percent increase from current levels. There's almost $800 million for education, an 11 percent increase.

"It's a good starting point," Jacqueline Johnson Pata, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

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