A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
FCNL's staff participated in an interactive workshop led by fellow Friend Paula Palmer, tracing the historic and ongoing impacts of the 15th century Doctrine of Christian Discovery on Native American communities. It grounded our staff in our leading to do peace and justice work, as we continue towards dismantling these systemic injustices and others.
See the Legislative Update on the Cobell Land Buyback Expansion, Tribal Child Care Program, Tax Status of Washington Team, Southern Arizona Land Exchange and more.
Stories & Progress
In this KTWU special, Diabetes prevention programs on the Kickapoo and Potawatomi Reservations in Kansas are featured. Native American communities are taking control of the Diabetes epidemic in their communities.
Tribal leaders and allies are collaborating to pursue the conservation of natural and cultural resources that are central to tribal life, economies, sovereignty, security and the ability to exercise reserved rights.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has a new chair and a new priority: Native children. This year, the committee has held hearings and debated legislation affecting the care, education, and safety of children in Indian country.
Congress passed a budget deal at the end of 2013. The final appropriations in the omnibus bill will significantly impact Native American programs for the coming year.
14 national-faith based organizations voiced their concern of the Washington football team's name and mascot in a letter to the House of Representatives, urging support of a bill that would rescind the trademark's protection.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"Federal policies and laws must conform to the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and recognize that Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives retain aboriginal rights. Treaties and trust agreements contain solemn and binding promises that must be honored. Tribal police and courts should have primary authority over all criminal activity on reservation lands."