Ruth Flower

Annual Meeting 2018 Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Native American Policy


Ruth Flower

Ruth’s work with FCNL began in 1981, when she joined the staff to lobby on domestic issues. After a decade with the American Association of University Professors, she rejoined the staff in 2006 to lead FCNL’s domestic lobbying team. Her leadership on lobbying and in coalitions has spanned issues from health care and federal budget priorities to immigration and the death penalty. In 2016, the Coalition on Human Needs honored Ruth at its Human Needs Hero Reception. Most recently, Ruth has worked with FCNL to launch the Native American Congressional Advocacy program.

Articles by Ruth Flower

Background Working with Native Americans to Bend the Arc of History to Justice 

FCNL’s work on Native American started soon after it established an office on Capitol Hill. The stories that arise from the decades of the work behind us are not just our stories—they are still connected to the lives of many of our relatives.

Update Taxes and Spending and Indian Country 

How Did It All Turn Out?

We waited anxiously for very-last minute-decisions on some key programs, especially the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As it turned out, Congress did provide a temporary extension for these critical programs.

Update UPDATED: Effects of Health Care Repeal in Indian Country 

Until last week, Congress was unable to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the House decided to try again, with a modified version of the defeated proposal, the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). The House passed the bill with a very slim margin (5 votes) on Friday, May 5.

Update We Remember You 

Day of Remembrance of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

May 5 has been chosen as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Reps. Chaffetz (UT) and Grijalva (AZ) have proposed a resolution, H. Res. 222, calling on Congress to support the Day.

Letter An Open Letter to President Trump 

Shortly after the election you mused about why Native Americans -- collectively the largest private land holders in the country -- were living like third world nations. That was a very good question.

Update Water Infrastructure in Indian Country 

While the water protectors directed a spotlight to the threat of pollution of the Ogallala Aquifer by the Dakota Access Pipeline project, Congress focused on cleaning up the already-polluted water in Flint, Michigan. But the complex legislation that addressed toxic water in Flint also carried huge and important improvements for water in Indian country.

Update Update on Bears Ears 

The President Establishes Bears Ears National Monument

On December 28, President Obama issued a proclamation establishing 1.35 million acres in Southeastern Utah as the Bears Ears National Monument. This area is as rich in beauty as it is in cultural history for several Native tribes.

Update Respecting Culture 

Congress moves toward stronger protections of traditional cultural items and greater sensitivity for the significance of human remains -- even when centuries old.

Update Indian Health Care 

--To Be Continued

Reports of poorly equipped facilities, poorly delivered care and continued poor health among Indians alarmed congressional committees during the 114th Congress.

Update Follow the (Trickle of) Money 

Once again, Congress did not complete its core task of funding the government. Instead the leadership will continue last year's funding until March 31, 2017.