Background on Native American Issues

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.


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.

Background A Partner with Native Peoples 

In the 1970s, Nebraska Yearly meeting donated the annual proceeds of a cornfield to launch FCNL’s Native American advocacy program. This (literal) seed money enabled FCNL to create a persistent advocacy effort, building on a long history of concern for Native American affairs.

Background Topical Index: Native American Legislative Updates 

115th Congress, First Session

Articles that appeared in the Native American Legislative Updates in 2017 - arranged by topic.

Background Big Changes to Health Care  

-- Mean Big Changes in Indian Country

Tribal members rely on a broad network of health care services and financing mechanisms, not just the Indian Health Service or tribal programs. How will this complex network be affected by proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act?

Background "Indian Committees"  

These congressional committees gain the most expertise and pay the most consistent attention to issues relating to Indian Country, including the federal government's relationship to Indian nations and the federal government's trust responsibilities under treaties and other exchanges.