Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

  Twitter post from Dallas Goldtooth ‏@g0ldtooth  Nov 29  This morning Indigenous people gathered to offer a sunrise ceremony before the start of the COP21. #IndigenousRising  On Facebook the Indigenous Environmental Network is posting regularly from the Paris conference. A recent post said: “Yesterday, on November 29th the Indigenous Environmental Network organized a healing ceremony in front of …

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    MARK TRAHANT A holiday weekend update, housekeeping. My plan is to produce a book in January that will serve as a guide to the elections for Indian Country. The rough outline is posted above, but I am refining a couple of the chapters. One thought: If I can find a sponsor of some kind, …

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WHERE NATIVE AMERICANS HOLD STATE OFFICE:  Some seventy-plus elected to state legislatures in 17 states. This map and an interactive spreadsheet will be updated often. Let me know who’s missing. Information was compiled from the National Conference of State Legislatures, State caucus reports, news sources, and candidate profiles.   Who will be Indian Country’s Barack Obama? …

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  I am crowdsourcing a list of local offices: City, county, school boards. I’ve started with information sent to me by Yvette Joseph (thank you). Let’s get a comprehensive list. If you know of someone who should be on this list, please send me the information. Like the other two lists, I will geocode and …

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This chart is not finished. I need add a location to every name so that I can geocode and make the map. I also don’t have every person’s tribal affiliation, photograph, and links to their web sites. But … I thought I would post now so that people can send me more names. Once this …

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Nisqually Leaders Applaud President Obama’s Honoring of Billy Frank, Jr.   NISQUALLY, WA (11/16/15)—Leaders of the Nisqually Indian Tribe rejoiced at today’s naming of Billy Frank Jr., late Nisqually tribal leader, as one …

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In a country deeply divided on almost every issue, most Americans agree on one thing: Congress isn’t helping us. Congress’s approval rating is embarrassing. But I do not need polls to tell me that Americans want their elected officials in Washington to work for us. Instead, they mostly do nothing or the wrong thing. Lawmakers …

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     Behind the scenes. More housekeeping to start the week. I am working on a few changes to TrahantReports.com First, I am adding a new page for press releases and other election-related material. My idea is to make Trahant Reports a catch all for anything related to politics and Indian Country.  Second, I am …

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