Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Once again Congress is finding it impossible to pass spending bills — and time is running out. The federal government appropriates money and runs its programs from October 1st through the end of September. The House and the Senate are supposed to enact appropriations and then pass on that legislation to the president for his signature. That …

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Navajo voters line up to cast ballots in both tribal and Arizona elections in November 2012. (Photo by Jaynie Parrish) Labor Day kicks off the campaign season for White House, Congress MARK TRAHANT Tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s email server? Donald Trump‘s obnoxious phrase of the week? Or Rand Paul argue the benefits of …

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President’s visit to Alaska is remarkable on so many levels. But what story do we tell? Mark Trahant President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska was inspiring. I eagerly watched everything I could see online: The official restoration of the name Denali, his powerful words on the climate, his visits to Resurrection Bay, and his interaction with …

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Commission cites century-old map to identify “former reservation” lands MARK TRAHANT Perhaps the most powerful phrase in federal rule-making is “… and tribes.” Those two words require agencies to consult and consider the impact of any action on tribal governments and their citizens. When the process works well, it gives tribes a say in how …

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