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

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.

Update Honoring Missing and Murdered Native Women at the Quaker Welcome Center 

On Wednesday, May 9th, FCNL hosted a community dialogue on the crisis of violence against Native Women. The event, hosted in FCNL's Quaker Welcome Center was organized to observe the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls (May 5) and to hear from congressional leaders and Native American advocates on policy solutions.

FCNL Urges Pennsylvania Attorney General to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act 

FCNL Executive Secretary Diane Randall submitted a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro urging him to deny a request from the State of Texas to support a legal challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Update The State of Indian Nations is Strong, Resilient, and Everlasting 

President Jefferson Keel of the National Congress of American Indians’ opening remarks of the 2018 State Of Indian Nations reminded the audience of the strength and resilience of Indian Country: “The State of Indian Nations is Strong, Resilient, and Everlasting." He went on to say that Native people were, “here before all others, we are still here, we will ALWAYS be here.”

Update Special Diabetes Program for Indians 

Diabetes affects Native Americans at a higher rate than any other U.S. racial or ethnic group. In recent years, the disease has begun to afflict Native children, as well as adults.