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 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.

Background Water Is Life - In Maine 

Update: Good News for Indian Tribes in Maine. In December, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that applies federal Water Quality Standards to waters in Maine, including those within Indian Country. The standards specifically apply human health criteria to waters used for the exercise of sustenance fishing under the 1982 Maine Implementing Act, and six additional standards for waters in Indian lands in Maine.

Background Water Is Life - Across Indian Country 

Water is basic to life wherever you live. But in urban and suburban areas, clean and (sometimes) plentiful water is taken for granted. On far-rural reservations and other tribal lands, tribes rely on rivers, not only for drinking and crop water, but also for the fish and wildlife that rivers support.

Background What You Can Do  

as an Ally with Native Americans

The beginning is knowing -- really knowing -- and acknowledging the history we share as Indians and non-Indians on this continent. Useful action flows from that place of recognition of how we stand with each other. Here are three sets of recommendations for your next steps.