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Background Native American Legislative Update 

September 2018

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).

Legislative Ask Tribal Provisions in the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act 

Native women experience violent crimes at significantly higher rates compared to other women in the United States. Most of these crimes involve non-Native perpetrators which tribes have limited jurisdiction over. While the federal government has jurisdiction in Indian Country, it lacks the resources to effectively prosecute crimes committed on tribal lands. Non-Native offenders regularly avoid prosecution for crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Urges Lawmakers to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act  

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Washington, DC (July 30, 2018) – The Quaker lobby, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) called on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (H.R. 6545). Led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), the bill seeks to expand protections to women victims of violence.

Background Native American Legislative Update 

July 2018

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).

Letter Washington Interfaith Staff Coalition's Letter to Support The Survive Act 

The Native American Working Group of the Washington Interfaith Staff Coalition recently lobbied the House Judiciary Committee to support the SURVIVE Act. Here's what the Working Group submitted.

Background Native American Legislative Update 

June, 2018

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).

Press Release Quaker Lobby Applauds Senate for Supporting Native Communities 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC (June 18, 2018) – Today, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) thanked the Senate for supporting the five percent tribal set-aside funds in the Crime Victims Fund for FY 2019. This amounts to around $220 million.

Update On the Road: Visiting Native Communities and Advocates in Alaska 

This past April, Lacina traveled to Alaska to participate in the National Indian Child Welfare Association's annual “Protecting Our Children” conference. As part of this travel, she spent time visiting with community organizations and advocates from across Alaska. Learn more about her time in Alaska.

Action Alert Support a Tribal Set-Aside Of the Crime Victims Fund 

In some rural communities, Native women face a murder rate that is ten times higher than the national average. Despite having crime rates significantly higher than the rest of the country, Native victims in these communities are less likely to receive assistance and services.

Update Honoring Missing and Murdered Native Women at the Quaker Welcome Center 

On Wednesday, May 9th, FCNL hosted a community dialogue on the crisis of violence against Native Women. The event, hosted in FCNL's Quaker Welcome Center was organized to observe the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls (May 5) and to hear from congressional leaders and Native American advocates on policy solutions.

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