Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

I am busy working on several special projects. I will post again after January first. I am writing a piece that explains the difference between Republicans and Democrats  on Native issues. I hope it’s context for the election ahead. Enjoy this picture for the holidays. I took it at 6 am. A morning moon over …

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (House photo)   Leading in a time of chaos Mark Trahant / TRAHANTREPORTS Tuesday’s debate was kind of like looking at a traffic accident. You drive by not wanting to peek, but then you do, and it’s awful, so you think, “why did I do that?” About the closest thing …

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The final Electoral College tally in 2012. President Barack Obama won re-election with 332 electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney’s 206 votes. This is how to think about 2016: Which states will be in play? Which candidate can build the winning coalition? (National Archives graphic.)   Confused by the 2016 presidential campaign? Mark Trahant / …

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Reminder: This election I am compiling list of all Native Americans elected to office (as well as those running for office.) I need your help to make this list complete. So far: Tribal governments http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-028053.pdf Federal offices State offices County, city and school board posts   http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-028053.pdf http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-028053.pdf http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xois/documents/document/idc1-028053.pdf

Nevada’s John Oceguera, a candidate for Congress, resigns his membership in the National Rifle Association. (Picture via Facebook.)   U.S. spends billions to “fight terrorism” but not a dime to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence.   *** Updated after President Obama’s Sunday speech from the Oval Office. MARK TRAHANT /TRAHANTREPORTS The …

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EVERY WORD? Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without presenting an alternative to fund the Indian health system. (Senate photo) Obama will veto Senate bill, but will next president? MARK TRAHANT / TRAHANTREPORTS.COM Republicans who serve in the House or the Senate should be asked a simple question: How would …

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Congress would strip millions of dollars from the Indian health system MARK TRAHANT / TRAHANTREPORTS.COM The U.S. Senate is debating a measure this week that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Senate leaders are using a budget process called reconciliation which is important because only 51 “yeas” are required for …

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