Our Work

FCNL’s Native American advocacy program offers the support of an enduring ally, illuminating opportunities for investment that the federal government might overlook or underfund, and providing information, where possible, on the continuing struggles of native peoples. This work takes us into all of the issue areas encountered by any government: land and borders; environment, energy, and natural resources; economic development; care for the safety and well-being of tribal citizens; and investment in the future through health and education.

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Legislative Update Archive

Native American Legislative Update: November 2015

See the Legislative Update on FCNL's newsletter on our Native American program, the federal budget, health care in Indian Country, and tribal wellness courts.

Native American Legislative Update: October 2015

See the Legislative Update on child nutrition programs, grants for Native youth, the Gold King mine, not observing Columbus Day, and more.

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.

Native American Legislative Update: July 2015

See the Legislative Update on funding levels for Indian Country, new legislation bolstering Native education, congressional hearing on Indian youth suicide, and ongoing efforts to save sacred sites from desecration.

Native American Legislative Update: June 2015

See the Legislative Update on sacred sites, current lobbying efforts on school construction, funding for Indian Country, access to Equal Voting Rights and various news updates.

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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Ruth Flower leads our Native American advocacy program.

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