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Update Your Community Lobby Day Stories 

Hundreds of FCNL activists have been lobbying this month: see their stories.

All around the country, members of the FCNL community have been visiting the local offices of their members of Congress and asking them how they will work to #unlockjustice in 2017.

Update Thankful for You 

Your dedicated, persistent, and faithful commitment to the world we seek sustains and uplifts FCNL today and every day.

Native American Legislaive Update Native American Legislative Update  

November 2016

Congress has reconvened after the elections. In the few remaining days of the “lame duck” session, several important issues are brewing for Native Americans.

Background Proposed Spending-2017 

Here's a chart that compares the spending proposed by the House and Senate appropriators, compared to what each program is likely to receive under a continuing resolution.

Background Army Corps of Engineers Letter 

The Army Corps of Engineers wrote to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and the Dakota Access company to say that it would engage in further talks with the tribe before work on the pipeline could go forward.

Background Connecting Policy Issues with Standing Rock 

Issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies weave through many of the interactions between the federal government and Native peoples in the U.S. and define and describe the flawed relationship between the U.S. and Indian nations. Tribal leaders who have come to the prayer camps to pledge the support of their tribes to the Standing Rock Sioux recount their own examples of land takings, water pollution and deprivation. Here are some current and recent issues from across Indian Country.

Background Water Is Life - In Maine 

Update: Good News for Indian Tribes in Maine. In December, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that applies federal Water Quality Standards to waters in Maine, including those within Indian Country. The standards specifically apply human health criteria to waters used for the exercise of sustenance fishing under the 1982 Maine Implementing Act, and six additional standards for waters in Indian lands in Maine.

Background What You Can Do  

as an Ally with Native Americans

The beginning is knowing -- really knowing -- and acknowledging the history we share as Indians and non-Indians on this continent. Useful action flows from that place of recognition of how we stand with each other. Here are three sets of recommendations for your next steps.

Update Watching Congress 

November 2016

A detailed list of selected bills on Native American affairs that have been considered in the House or the Senate in the 114th Congress. The list is updated each month to show new bills and new actions.

Background Water Delayed is Water Denied 

A detailed report by Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee on the challenge Native Americans face in securing reliable access to sufficient and clean water.

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