Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

My first election map is posted, a look at the six candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives. How does it work? First tab is the spreadsheet, the second converts that information to note cards, and the third tab is an interactive map. I’ll be using a similar spreadsheet for other offices.

Let’s put that map in perspective: We need to elect seven Native Americans if the House is to represent Indian Country (at least from a demographic point of view). To reach that goal we need a higher percentage of candidates runnings. As I pointed out in a recent post about Canada, you gotta run to win. 

Speaking of Canada, that’s a good model. It took 54 candidates running to elect 10 as Members of Parliament. To hit that same level in the states we will need at least 36 candidates.

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I am going to make this blog the catch-all place for the #NativeVote16 election. So in addition to what I am writing, I will post press releases and other material. To make it easier to find things, I’ll create another page soon to break out the material I don’t write.

Readership is growing. Trahant Reports had more than 7,400 visitors in recent days and one post had 1,300 views. How about 10,000 visitors and 5,000 views? 

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Why is this important? Because as the volume of material increases, it’s less likely the information will show up in other media (at least right away). It would be helpful to me to have a larger direct readership here on the blog, on Twitter,  and on Facebook.

Thanks for reading. Suggestions, names of candidates, or story ideas are always welcome.

Mark

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