"Indian health care services have not been updated for 16 years, 16 years," he said, his voice rising in frustration. "That's just a shame."
Native students continue to lag behind, despite President Bush's assurance only three days before Garcia's speech that test scores for students were on the rise across the nation as a result of No Child Left Behind.
Not so, Garcia said.
Fourth- and eighth-grade Native students continue to score lower than all of their peers in reading and math, he said.
In other words, Indian students are being left behind.