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.
Congress funds the diabetes initiative for Native Americans through 2015! Plus news from the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Hill.
Stories & Progress
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."