Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

This week I am teaching map making in my reporting class. As I was thinking through how to do that, I was thinking, “I ought to build a map.” What kind of map? Well, it would be cool to show where every American Indian or Alaska Native is running for office. At the federal level, …

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** Updated, Oct. 30. ** Omnibus is a Latin word that means “for all.” In legislation it means cramming everything into a bill that you think can pass. That’s exactly what the House did with its two-year $80 billion spending bill. That bill lifts caps from the Budget Control Act, or the sequester, and it …

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ANCHORAGE — A changing Arctic? It’s a region that presents incredible challenges and opportunities for Indigenous People. One of those unique opportunities involves governance. The Arctic Council is eight nations who work together on complex issues ranging from climate change to a sustainable future. The Arctic Council met last week as the U.S. began a …

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Editor’s note: I have mentioned before that I will start posting other people’s work on these pages. I really want this site to be seen as the place to learn about #NativeVote16 So feel free to send me press releases and other election-related material. Thank you, Mark ** Reservations A Step Closer To Satellite Voting …

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Canada’s election was one for the history books: A third-place Liberal party won enough seats to form a government; Aboriginal voters cast so many ballots that in some areas they ran out; and across the country people demanded a reversal of a decade of Conservative policies. Not that elections fix everything. In Canada, like the …

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A silent protest in a Fairbanks courtroom. Four fingers held in the air; a quiet plea to end an injustice. The Fairbanks Four. They are George Freese, Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease and Marvin Roberts who were convicted in the 1997 murder of 15-year-old John Hartman in downtown Fairbanks. Some two decades after the crime all remain …

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Press conference at 9 am at National Park Service (pre-registration required.) Summary of the Anchorage meeting, press information. More about the Arctic Council and the U.S. Chair. Last year’s AC annual report. Indigenous issues Almost four million people live in the Arctic and one estimate is that ten percent of that population is Indigenous. Greenland, …

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Busy week ahead. Of all things: I’m headed back to Alaska for #ArcticCouncil meeting. (Second trip in as many weeks.) I am going to experiment with multiple topic col, audio post #fairbanksfour #nativevote16  Turns out I have more written than I thought. Now the goal is to finish two chapters this weekend.   

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