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Native American Legislative Update: August 2015

See the Legislative Update on trust issues, tribal recognition, further appropriations updates, juvenile justice for Native Youth and assistance programs that touch Indian Country.

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Stories & Progress

Faith Groups Ask Congress to Help Tribes Provide Assistance for Victims of Crime

Faith groups sent a sign-on letter to Congress asking them to give special consideration to tribal governments regarding tribal access to the Victims of Crime fund.


Diabetes Care & Native Americans

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.


Getting Ahead of Climate Change

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.


Senate Committee Prioritizes Native Children

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.


Appropriations Provide Mixed Support for Native Programs

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.


Faith Groups Tell Congress: Change the Mascot

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."

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