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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

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Senate for Supporting Native Communities 


Washington, DC (June 18, 2018) – Today, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) thanked the Senate for supporting the five percent tribal set-aside funds in the Crime Victims Fund for FY 2019. This amounts to around $220 million.

Update On the Road: Visiting Native Communities and Advocates in Alaska 

This past April, Lacina traveled to Alaska to participate in the National Indian Child Welfare Association's annual “Protecting Our Children” conference. As part of this travel, she spent time visiting with community organizations and advocates from across Alaska. Learn more about her time in Alaska.

Action Alert Support a Tribal Set-Aside Of the Crime Victims Fund 

In some rural communities, Native women face a murder rate that is ten times higher than the national average. Despite having crime rates significantly higher than the rest of the country, Native victims in these communities are less likely to receive assistance and services.

Update Honoring Missing and Murdered Native Women at the Quaker Welcome Center 

On Wednesday, May 9th, FCNL hosted a community dialogue on the crisis of violence against Native Women. The event, hosted in FCNL's Quaker Welcome Center was organized to observe the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls (May 5) and to hear from congressional leaders and Native American advocates on policy solutions.

Background Question for Candidates: Engaging Native American Tribes 

Native American tribes have an inherent and constitutional right to govern themselves and their lands, yet Congress often ignores tribal leaders' priorities.

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