Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program


Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco, Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco managed the Native American Advocacy program from 2017-2019. In that capacity she lobbied on legislation that affects Native communities and built connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs were addressed.

Prior to working with FCNL, Lacina managed the Metro Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, where she organized Boston residents to support local and state tobacco prevention efforts. She also served as Site Manager for Native American LifeLines of Boston, a nonprofit Indian health center serving the Boston urban Indian community. As Site Manager, she developed and supervised health education programming and services.

Lacina is a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and certificate in Native American studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Lacina is a proud member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of New York and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

Articles by Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

Update Making Native Voices Heard in Congress 

Working as the Congressional Advocate on Native American Policy has been an amazing opportunity. My two years with FCNL allowed me to truly understand the issues we are working on. There are only a handful of fellowships in tribal policy. The fact that this fellowship is hosted by a faith-based advocacy organization makes it truly unique.

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update 

October 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 Advocates for Native American policy are Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco (Shinnecock/Kiowa) and Kerri Colfer (Tlingit).

Action Alert Tell Your Senators: Protect the Safety of Native American Women 

Right now, the Senate Judiciary Committee is negotiating their version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. This is a critical hurdle since the House passed its version (H.R. 1585) a few months ago.

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update 

September 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 Advocates for Native American policy are Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco (Shinnecock/Kiowa) and Kerri Colfer (Tlingit).

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update 

August 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).

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update 

July 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).

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update 

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).

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update 

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.