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Since 1976, FCNL’s Native American advocacy program has worked to restore and improve U.S. relations with Native nations so that our country honors the promises made in hundreds of treaties with these groups. FCNL provides information to Congressional offices and to national faith groups about the continuing struggles of Native people and advocates in support the resilient and inventive solutions proposed by tribal governments and Native American organizations.

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

Legislative Ask Expanding Protections for Tribes in the Violence Against Women Act 

Congress must reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with strong provisions protecting Native communities. This reauthorization should expand the current Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction to protect children, tribal law enforcement officers, and victims of sexual assault.

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June 2019

Welcome to FCNL's Native American Legislative Update! The NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL's Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage your members of Congress. FCNL's Congressional Advocate for Native American policy is Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco (Shinnecock/Kiowa).

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April 2019

Welcome to FCNL's Native American Legislative Update! The NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL's Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage your members of Congress. FCNL's Congressional Advocate for Native American policy is Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco (Shinnecock/Kiowa).

Update Victory: The Violence Against Women Act Passes House with Tribal Provisions 

On April 4, the House passed H.R. 1585, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This is a significant win, especially for Native American women!

Action Alert Congress must address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women 

We need your help! The House will vote tomorrow to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 1585) or VAWA. Not only does this bill secure vital funding for victim services, it also expands tribal jurisdiction to prosecute non-Native American perpetrators of violence.

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