A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
On April 16, the Supreme Court heard the case of Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl, which challenged the core principles of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). FCNL and other faith groups have strongly supported ICWA since the late 1970s, when we supported its passage in Congress.
The Obama Administration has named Edward Johnstone, of the Quinault Indian Nation, a "Champion of Change" for his environmental work.
Stories & Successes
The across-the-board spending cuts (also called "the sequester") that took effect as a result of the Budget Control Act will have a big impact on federal programs in Indian Country.
Read additional resources and background information for FCNL's Fall Indian Report, "Keeping Sacred Spaces."
American Indian and Alaska Native communities are burdened with diabetes at 2.8 times the national average. Read about the Special Diabetes Program for Indians designed to address this problem.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"Friends have long sought to honor William Penn's commitment to live 'a kind, just and peaceable life' with Native Peoples. In this spirit, while acknowledging and addressing our unjust treatment of this land's original inhabitants, we encourage respectful relations with Native peoples.
Treaties and trust agreements reflect solemn promises and must be honored. The tribal governments established by Native Americans are entitled to set policies that govern life on reservations and that affect tribal members who live off reservations."