A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
While the U.S Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark for the Washington Football Team's name, the work continues to change the name. The trademark may cut into profits for the team, but the office stated that it cannot force the team to stop using the name.
See the Legislative Update on education, native languages and more on the U.S. Trademark Board ruling.
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."