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FCNL’s Native American advocacy program offers the support of an enduring ally, pointing to 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.

More on Native American Issues

Statement FCNL Calls on Congress to Speak Out Against Immigration Raids & New Enforcement Policies 

On February 21, the Department of Homeland Security released memorandums instructing the agency to implement the two executive orders that scale up immigration and border enforcement, endangering U.S. communities.

Update Native American Legislative Update 

- February 2017

One month in, and Congress is diving into some complexities. Health care is not that easy to fix, it turns out. And budgets don’t balance when you throw in big spending with tax cuts. It’s all part of the reality check that visits each new Congress as it gets rolling.

Update Report Cards 

Federal relationships with tribes and their members are at "high risk"

Federal agencies don't always get graded -- but when they do, it's usually not a good thing. Federal agencies dealing with Native Americans have repeatedly earned bad marks for the conditions of schools and health facilities, for staffing, for lack of training of agency personnel, and for cumbersome regulations and procedures. Now new reports grade some of these programs as "high risk."

Update Health Care  

-- Repeal, Repair, Replace?

Members of Congress went home to their districts and states over the Presidents' Day recess, and presumably heard a lot about health care. With all its problems, the Affordable Care Act has made health care possible for millions of people. Congress hasn't yet figured out how to respond.

Update Who's Who in Washington Now? 

Many of the new appointees will have some (or major) responsibilities that will affect Indian Country. We're keeping an eye on nominations.

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