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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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Keep Families Together

Faith groups welcome new Indian Child Welfare regulations that honor families and communities, and put a high priority on keeping families together.

See joint statement here.

New Indian Child Welfare Regulations Welcomed

The Department of the Interior has issued new regulations clarifying how the Indian Child Welfare Act is to be applied. The Act, which FCNL supported through its passage in 1978, is intended to keep Indian families together and Indian children within their communities when foster care and adoption are being considered.

See the joint statement by the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, and the Native American Rights Fund.

Faith Groups Urge Funding for Key Native American Programs

Faith groups joined together to support increased funding, especially for Indian school reconstruction, Indian Health facilities, and community "Healing to Wellness" programs in tribal courts.

Bills We're Watching in the 114th Congress

Read about legislation in the 114th Congress that affect Native Americans. Updated monthly.


The State of Indian Nations is...

The President of the National Congress of American Indians delivers his "State of Indian Nations" address, describing high priority issues for Indian nations in 2016.

Doctrine of Discovery - Repudiating the Premise, Reclaiming the Promise

The roots of federal policy toward native peoples are older than the nation itself. To move forward, these roots must be acknowledged and left behind.

Federal Sentencing Reform and Indian Country

Native Americans are disproportionately represented in federal courts and federal prisons. Reforms in sentencing laws could benefit Indian Country.

The Dangers of Old Mines

Throughout the west, mines that were worked and abandoned long before environmental and safety regulations were heard of, pose dangers of toxic leakage and collapse. Here's one such story.

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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