Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Let’s explore two questions: First, will a third party candidacy matter in the 2016 presidential election? And, if so, what does that mean for the Native American vote? The first question ought to be easy to answer because the arc of history says no. Democrats and Republicans have owned the presidential field …

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Mark **Updated TrahantReports North Dakota Congressional candidate Chase Iron Eyes will be the star at a Washington, D.C., fundraiser on Thursday. It’s hosted by Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, and former Senators Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy. The event is at the Heitkamp home beginning at 6 pm. Iron Eyes reports on …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports California is the land of superlatives. “The biggest” as in state economy. “The most” when it comes to population. And the largest number of Native Americans of any state in the country (because California has more of everything, right?). But when it comes to electing Native Americans to state offices: Well, …

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  Deborah Parker speaking at a Senate press conference about the Violence Against Women Act. (YouTube photo) TrahantReports First the news. Then the context.  The news is that Deborah Parker has been named to the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee. That’s both remarkable and important. She was  appointed by Bernie Sanders.  As Nicole Willis posted …

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TrahantReports Idaho Rep. Paulette Jordan quietly won her primary election this week, the next step in her re-election bid. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their vote of confidence in the primary election,” Jordan posted on Facebook.  “It is a privilege to represent you and continue the good work on behalf …

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TrahantReports Denise Juneau has been on the road in her bid for Congress. And her video log captures the beauty and the spirit of Montana’s tribal communities. “I recently visited Montana’s seven Indian reservations and spoke with members of all 12 tribes,” Juneau posted on her Facebook page. “When I’m in Congress, you can count …

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TrahantReports On Thursday night Tawna Sanchez posted on Facebook: “We did it, we won!” She won the primary election (and most likely the general) to represent Northeast Portland in the Legislature. There are 90 members of the Oregon Legislature; 60 in the House and 30 in the Senate. (So if you are counting: That means …

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Every vote counts. Count every vote. TrahantReports Tawna Sanchez is now in the lead, by a little more than one-half of one percent, in her bid for a seat in the Oregon Legislature. The Secretary of State reported a shift in the lead after 4 pm on Wednesday after more mail-in ballots were counted; then …

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TrahantReports This week a small contribution to a political campaign is worth a lot more. Arizona’s Victoria Steele has two donors who are matching small contributions made until Friday before midnight. “One donor will match all $25.00 donations and the other will match all $10.00 donations,” a Steele campaign news release said. “Of course, you can always donate more if you …

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** There is an update to this story. See new post. *** TrahantReports Tanwa Sanchez is a couple hundred votes short in her bid to win office as an Oregon state legislator. According to the Secretary of State’s unofficial returns, Sanchez trails Roberta Phillip-Robbins in Northeast Portland’s House District 43. Sanchez, Shoshone-Bannock, received 6,460 votes to Phillip-Robbins’ …

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