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Native American Legislative Update
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).
Savanna’s Act Passes Senate
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Good news! The Senate passed Savanna’s Act (S. 1942), a top legislative priority for FCNL.
In August 2017, Savanna LaFontaine Greywind, a Spirit Lake Dakota and Turtle Mountain Chippewa woman, went missing and was found brutally murdered by her neighbor. The 22-year-old Savanna was eight months pregnant at the time. It took 8 days from the time Savanna was reported missing for law enforcement to discover her body.
Savanna’s Act passed out of the Senate Committee of Indian Affairs on Nov. 14. FCNL submitted written testimony supporting Savanna’s Act and Sen. Heitkamp added our letter to the Congressional record. On Dec. 6, Savanna’s Act passed the Senate.
It is now pending passage in the House. There is still a chance that Savanna’s Act could pass this Congress and become law. Please contact your representative and ask them to pass Savanna’s Act this year!
Reauthorization of the Violence Aganst Women Act (H.R. 6545):
Included in the continuing resolution which expires Dec. 21. It is likely that VAWA will have another short-term extension. We are still pushing for the reauthorization to include needed tribal provisions.
What We're Reading:
- The Urban Indian Health Institute recently released their report on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women across 71 cities.
- The Center for Native American Youth’s 2018 State of Native Youth report focuses on how young advocates understand “the role of their generation in creating a bright and strong future for tribal communities.”
- Native Americans notched historic electoral wins on Election Day, in a country where indigenous people were not granted the right to vote until 1924.