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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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Legislative Update Archive

Native American Legislative Update: February 2016

See the Legislative Update on the state of Indian Nations, a new bill for education, the impact of the sentencing bill on Native incarceration, and a update on sacred sites.

Federal Sentencing Reform and Indian Country

As a result of a jurisdictional split, Native Americans are disproportionately represented in federal prison populations. Any law that affects federal prisoners will have an important impact in Indian country. Read how the proposed sentencing reform bills would affect Indian Country.

Native American Legislative Update: December 2015/January 2016

See the Legislative Update on the federal education bill, the tribal law and order act, and news items related to Indian Country.

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.

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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