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Update Taxes and Spending and Indian Country 

How Did It All Turn Out?

We waited anxiously for very-last minute-decisions on some key programs, especially the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As it turned out, Congress did provide a temporary extension for these critical programs.

Statement FCNL Opposes Decision to Reduce Bears Ears National Monument 

President Trump’s decision to reduce Bears Ears National Monument disregards Indigenous peoples’ historical connection to the land. The lack of tribal consultation prior to this proclamation is a clear signal that this administration devalues the importance of land to Indigenous traditions and values.

Update An Earth Restored is a Promise Honored 

December was a disappointing month for public lands. Congressional and executive actions over the past few weeks have opened up millions of acres of once-protected land in Utah and Alaska to oil and gas drilling, putting the environment at risk while breaching the trust and endangering the security of thousands of Native Americans.

Update Update: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 

Senator Murkowski’s bill to allow oil and gas production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been attached to the Senate tax reform bill.

Update Native American Legislative Update 

September-October 2017

Since returning from its August recess, Congress has given most of its public attention to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, providing tax breaks for some of the more fortunate among us, and trying to agree on funding for the government, before it has to shut down.

Update Justice and Violence in Indian Country 

Looking for Answers to Human Trafficking

Nearly 6,000 Native women and girls were reported as "missing" in 2016. Between 2013 and 2016, there were only 14 federal investigations and 2 prosecutions.

Update Health Care 

Preserving Life in Indian Country

Medicaid and the Child Health Improvement Program are lifesavers in Indian Country, extending access to health care to thousands of families. The Special Diabetes Program for Indians has a ten-year record of arresting the increase in diabetes among American Indian adults and children, and the rate of obesity among children.

Update Traditional and Fragile Lands 

Native people have been the guardians of some of this continent's most beautiful and most fragile lands. The current administration and Congress seem committed to reducing protections surrounding many of these federally-owned sites.

Update Political Appointments 

Important to Indian Country

The administration continues to search for the right people to serve in a wide range of government capacities.

Update Where's the Money for Fiscal Year 2018? 

Updated September 7 at 4 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2017 ends on September 30. The debt limit will be reached in mid December. So, how's it going, Congress?

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