Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program


Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco, Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco manages the Native American Advocacy program lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities. She builds connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs are 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

Action Alert Progress on Protections for Native Women!  

Yesterday Savanna’s Act (S.1942/H.R.4485) was unanimously passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. It now awaits action from the full Senate.

Letter FCNL's Written Testimony Supporting Savanna's Act Added to Congressional Record 

FCNL submitted written testimony supporting S.1942 Savanna's Act prior to markup on November 14, 2018. Savanna's Act was then passed with unanimous support of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Here's what we wrote.

Background Native American Legislative Update 

October 2018

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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September 2018

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).

Legislative Ask Tribal Provisions in the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act 

Native women experience violent crimes at significantly higher rates compared to other women in the United States. Most of these crimes involve non-Native perpetrators which tribes have limited jurisdiction over. While the federal government has jurisdiction in Indian Country, it lacks the resources to effectively prosecute crimes committed on tribal lands. Non-Native offenders regularly avoid prosecution for crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

Background Native American Legislative Update 

July 2018

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).

Letter Washington Interfaith Staff Coalition's Letter to Support The Survive Act 

The Native American Working Group of the Washington Interfaith Staff Coalition recently lobbied the House Judiciary Committee to support the SURVIVE Act. Here's what the Working Group submitted.

Background Native American Legislative Update 

June, 2018

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 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.