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

Background 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.

Background Native American Legislative Update 

March 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 Violence Against Women Act Passes Out of House Judiciary Committee 

Great news! On Wednesday, March 13, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1585, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It now heads to the House floor for a full vote.

Action Alert VAWA Reintroduced: Tell Congress to support protections for Native women! 

Fantastic news! On March 7, Reps. Karen Bass (CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 1585). Not only does this bill secure vital funding for victim services, it also expands tribal jurisdiction to prosecute non-Native perpetrators of violence.

Background Native American Legislative Update 

February 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).

Background Native American Legislative Update 

January 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).

Background Native American Legislative Update 

December 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).

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.