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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

Update Native American Legislative Update - April 2017 

Congress is most absorbed these days with budget issues and health care repeal and replacement -- both of which affect Indian Country deeply.

Update UPDATED: Effects of Health Care Repeal in Indian Country 

Until last week, Congress was unable to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the House decided to try again, with a modified version of the defeated proposal, the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). The House passed the bill with a very slim margin (5 votes) on Friday, May 5.

Update UPDATED: Following the Money 

More than 180 days late, Congress finally passed a spending bill for the current fiscal year – FY2017 – on May 5. Indian programs fared relatively well in this continuing resolution – better than many other domestic programs, but not as well as military programs.

Update We Remember You 

Day of Remembrance of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

May 5 has been chosen as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Reps. Chaffetz (UT) and Grijalva (AZ) have proposed a resolution, H. Res. 222, calling on Congress to support the Day.

Update Monuments and Presidents and Congress 

The Bears Ears National Monument - a Protection or a Power Projection?

How do you make a national monument in southeastern Utah? If you are the president, you can issue a proclamation. Under the Antiquities Act of 1906, the president can declare federal lands (or marine areas) as national monuments to protect them from destruction by commercial use or development.

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