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Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Native American Advocacy 

Almost every issue that Congress addresses affects Native American communities — land and natural resources; relations with other governments; and financial resources for education, health care, housing, and economic development.

Background Making Connections Through Native American Advocacy 

Our advocacy on Native American issues makes connections with Congress, tribal groups, faith community partners, and more.

Background We Begin with Acknowledgement 

Columbus Day overlooks – even endorses – painful history, ignores the trauma still present in Native communities, and minimizes the important contributions made by indigenous peoples throughout this continent’s history.

Update The Quest for Equal Voting Rights 

Native Americans can face great obstacles in the United States when it comes to registering to vote, accessing polling places and actually casting their votes.

Update Updates on Education, Native Languages, and Children 

Bills moving on a new Indian education agency, language programs, early childhood education, a Commission on Native Children, and construction of schools.

Background Native Americans and Trusts 

If ever there were people with a right to claim “trust issues” throughout their history, it might be the indigenous people of this continent. The history of federal government promises and failures with respect to native peoples is long, shameful and involved. But resilient indigenous people are still here, seeking ways to take back inherent rights to manage their own affairs.

Background Change the Name: Washington Football Team 

FCNL opposes the Washington Football Team's continued usage of a racial slur in their team name.

Background Indigenous Rights in the U.S. 

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which the United Nations adopted in 2007, addresses both individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples and their relationship to land and natural resources.

Background Baby Veronica and the Indian Child Welfare Act 

Supreme Court Case Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl

On Tuesday April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court heard the case of Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl, which challenged the core principles of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and of Indian law generally.

Update Recognizing the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina? 

Native American Legislative Update

Lumbee members, who number some 55,000, have been pressing for federal recognition since 1888. Although Congress enacted legislation recognizing the Lumbee in 1956, the Act also inexplicably denied tribal members the privileges and immunities, financial benefits and services that are afforded to other federally-recognized tribes due to their status as Indians.

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