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First on Fox: Millions of taxpayers’ dollars have flowed from President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion Kovid-19 relief package into “under / unemployed oral historians” and their research into studies in anti-racist and domestic and “Latinx” histories.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, passed by Democrats in March 2021 without any Republican support, was billed by the Democratic Party as a fiscal imperative to get the country through the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which received $135 million from the plan, announced last October that it had allocated $87.8 million in ARP funds to help “nearly 300 cultural and educational institutions recover from the financial impact of the pandemic. Retain and rehire workers and build sites, facilities and programs.” Open again.”

President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, the coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 11, 2021.

President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, the coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 11, 2021.
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However, a lot Grants are granted for projects by organizations Has virtually little to do with resolving recovery efforts from the pandemic.

The Oral History Association, for example, ARP received $825,000 in funding For a grant-making project entitled “Diversifying Oral History Practice: A Fellowship Program for Under / Unemployed Oral Historians”, it offers eleven years of fellowship to oral historians from communities historically at the bottom of the field at a rate of $ 60,000 each. “Such” indigenous peoples, people of color, people with disabilities and working class people. “

Recipients of the $60,000 grants are Elizabeth “Beth” Castle, a “Shawnee-Ancestral Anti-Racist Educator,” To create a “cooperative oral history of the struggle against mineral and uranium mining in the Black Hills, the origins of the Global Indigenous movement and the ongoing struggle to protect the people who defend the motherland”.

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Another $60,000 grant recipient is oral historian Virginia Espino “for a project that explores the intimate histories of working-class Latinx, Afro-Latinx, and indigenous people in Los Angeles, aiming to retrieve and record the experiences and rebellious ideas that inform the ordinary lives of women. Those who are invisible when not stereotyped.”

Colette Denali Montoya-Sloan, a queer, indigenous librarian / archivist, has donated $ 60,000 to develop a new visitor consultation station at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to develop an oral history of “creating a collective emotional, intellectual and spiritual experience”. In northern Maine.

In front of an audience of nine families benefiting from a new child tax credit, US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Eisenhower made the remarks at the South Court Auditorium on the day millions of parents receive their first monthly payments.  Office Building July 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

In front of an audience of nine families benefiting from a new child tax credit, US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Eisenhower made the remarks at the South Court Auditorium on the day millions of parents receive their first monthly payments. Office Building July 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The Oral History Association was previously awarded $50,000 in ARP funding to maintain staff positions and post oral histories on the web during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is one of dozens of cultural and educational institutions awarded millions in ARP funding by the NEH for programs that promote social and climate justice.

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For example, the NEH awarded $ 50,000 in ARP funding to a non – profit organization called 500 Sails in the Northern Mariana Islands, for “resuming programs that teach indigenous boat-building and explore pre-colonial marine life.”

The Carnegie Institution in Pittsburgh has donated $ 471,905 to the Science History Institute in Philadelphia for the “Continuing Development” project.

US President Joe Biden talks about gas prices on June 22, 2022 at the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, DC.

US President Joe Biden talks about gas prices on June 22, 2022 at the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, DC.
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Prior to signing the ARP in March 2021, Biden described every funding allocation in the law as necessary.

“We need Congress to approve my American rescue plan, which deals with the immediate crisis – urgently,” the president said at the time. “Now, critics say my plan is too big and will cost $ 1.9 trillion. So it’s too much. Well, let me ask them: what will they cut me off for? What will they leave me with?”

Now, the American rescue plan is facing intense scrutiny for its impact on the US economy. Inflation hit 8.6% in May and some economists, including former economic advisers to the Obama administration, blamed the $1.9 million COVID-19 relief package for overheating the economy.

On June 10, 2022, a gas pump at a gas station in McLean, Virginia, displays fuel prices.

A gas pump displays the price of fuel at a gas station in McLean, Virginia on June 10, 2022.
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Jay Green, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, called the allocation of public funds “inappropriate”.

“It is unconscionable for the federal government to take nearly a million dollars from hard-working taxpayers and hand that money to NEH’s ‘marginalized…under/underemployed oral historians,'” Green said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital. “No one is willing to volunteer to pay for these oral historians, so there’s no reason for federal bureaucrats to decide what better use of money would be better than letting taxpayers foot the bill for the rising prices of gas, rent and groceries.”

The NEH did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.