Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

  Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Who’s winning Indian Country this presidential election season? On social media it is an intense debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters point to Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan, Nevada, and, after this weekend, Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, as evidence that Natives are “feeling the Bern.” But Hillary Clinton backers can look at …

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   TrahantReports Will the 2016 election be Indian Country’s best ever? The answer to that question doesn’t depend on who wins the White House, but on how many American Indians and Alaska Natives are elected to Congress, state legislatures, county commissions, and city halls. Real representation starts at the local level and rises to the …

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  Jason Smith, chair of Montana Indian Democrats. Council, and Gov. Steve Bullock, talk about the importance of Native voters. (Photo by Mark Trahant)   Doubts about voting?  Just think, Montana Mark Trahant / TrahantReports HELENA — When someone tells you that your vote doesn’t matter, quietly say, “Montana.” Or if someone says that politicians …

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 The people have a voice when politicians listen Mark Trahant / TrahantReports.com There is so much about this presidential election that appeals to voters’ base instincts: Ugly threats involving immigrants or Muslims; the school-yard shouting matches that replaced Republican debates and, especially concerning, the threats and violence found at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies. It doesn’t …

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  First the Democrats. Mark Trahant / TrahantReports.com Sen. Bernie Sanders stunning win Tuesday in Michigan means that the Democratic Presidential Contest will likely continue through June and perhaps the convention itself. As I wrote earlier this week: “He needs to start winning big states, such as Michigan, and he needs more Democrats to vote.” Both …

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   Mark Trahant TrahantReports.com  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is paying attention to Indian Country. That does not often happen in national elections. Last week he met with Native Americans in Kansas, Minnesota, and Michigan. Sanders won caucuses in Kansas and Minnesota and Michigan voters will weigh in on Tuesday. A story by Levi Rickert in …

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I am catching up on grading papers … and working on these stories. I really want to explain why polling is so ineffective for Indian Country. (More evidence that Indian Country ought to have our own primary.) ** Folks say Clinton, or Sanders, will easily defeat Trump. Problem is we have no idea what a general …

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