A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Native Americans and Alaska Natives have the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. Congress established the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) in 1997 to help address the problem and it has effectively reduced diabetes complications. The SDPI was reauthorized on March 31 until the end of 2015.
Congressional gridlock threatens funding for diabetes prevention, plus news from the Hill and Indian Country.
Stories & Progress
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.
On January 30, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby gave the 12th Annual State of Indian Nations Address to outline concerns and priorities in Indian country for the coming year.
Stories of sacred objects returning to their rightful home as a result of the Native American Graves Protection Act and the actions of private foundations. Tribes and the federal government work together to create better ways to protect and recognize sacred sites on federal lands.
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."