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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day: The Long Arc of FCNL Advocacy

Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. EDT | Quaker Welcome Center or Online

Columbus Day overlooks a painful colonial history and minimizes the important contributions made by Indigenous peoples throughout this continent’s history. That’s why FCNL has chosen to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead.

Following Indigenous Peoples' Day on Oct. 14th, we will come together on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the importance of the holiday and highlight FCNL’s history of witness on Native American concerns.

We invite you to join us for an evening of dialogue, education, and advocacy, as our Quaker Change Maker series continues. Attend in-person at FCNL’s Quaker Welcome Center, or join the conversation online via Zoom.

There is no charge to attend, but an RSVP is encouraged for planning purposes. If you sign up to watch from home, we will send instructions for viewing.


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.

Kerri Colfer

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Kerri manages the Native American Advocacy Program, lobbying on legislation that affects Native communities.

Ruth Flower

  • Annual Meeting 2018 Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Native American Policy

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.

Witnessing in Solidarity with the First Americans

Since 1976, FCNL’s Native American advocacy program has worked to restore and improve U.S. relations with Native nations so that our country honors the promises made in hundreds of treaties with these groups.

FCNL provides information to congressional offices and to national faith groups about the continuing struggles of Native people, and advocates in support of the resilient and inventive solutions proposed by tribal governments and Native American organizations.

A focus of our current work is addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls through expanded tribal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Legislative Ask Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with Strong Provisions for Native Women 

Congress must reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with strong provisions protecting Native communities.