Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Presidential Debate season begins on August 6 MARK TRAHANT What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans. Why’s that? Because right now one of those candidates, Donald Trump, is loud enough to drown out all the other “major” candidates. Wouldn’t it be fun if the nomination contest was more like a …

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One more state adds “new money” to the Indian health system via Medicaid MARK TRAHANT These days “new” money is hard to find. That’s the kind of money that’s added to a budget, money that allows programs to expand, try out new ideas, and look for ways to make life better. Most government budgets are doing …

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MARK TRAHANT The federal appropriations process may at its most convoluted point ever. A case in point: The Interior Appropriations bill was pulled from consideration by the leadership of Congress on July 9. That’s the spending bill that includes funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service. Why? The debate wasn’t …

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Mark Trahant   Good morning. I want to congratulate all of those who made the banquet last night — especially when A Tribe Called Red was performing across town at the same time. This is the year of Native Youth. On Twitter we’ve seen #DearNativeYouth and #InvestInNativeYouth trending as well as the deep and personal interest from …

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