A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange (H.R. 687) is a dangerous bill that would transfer land from the Tonto National Forest to private ownership for copper mining. Last week, the House postponed the scheduled vote on the bill. FCNL continues to urge members of Congress to vote against the concerning exchange.
Stories & Progress
The International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers was recognized in October for their lifelong commitment to peace and justice with the International Pfeffer Peace Prize.
The decades-long debate over the name of the Washington, D.C. football team is gaining more public attention, due in part to recent statements from prominent leaders.
The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, or NAHASDA, expired at the end of September. Earlier this year, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on legislation that would reauthorize the bill's important provisions for another five years.
Stories of progress and important actions that impact Native Americans occur in every branch of government, not just in Congress.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"Friends have long sought to honor William Penn's commitment to live 'a kind, just and peaceable life' with Native Peoples. In this spirit, while acknowledging and addressing our unjust treatment of this land's original inhabitants, we encourage respectful relations with Native peoples.
Treaties and trust agreements reflect solemn promises and must be honored. The tribal governments established by Native Americans are entitled to set policies that govern life on reservations and that affect tribal members who live off reservations."