Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

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Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today.

Trahant was appointed to lead the digital enterprise on March 1, 2018.

“Even though ink has been replaced by pixels, the task remains the same – to publish an informative daily account that’s comprehensive and adds context to the stories missing from the mainstream media,” Trahant said.  “We have so many stories to tell.  Our mission is simple but important: Solid, factual reporting.  Great writing.  Photography that inspires and records.  Provide a real service to readers across Indian Country’s digital landscape.”

Trahant was recently elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Trahant had been a professor at the University of North Dakota and the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has also taught at the University of Idaho and the University of Colorado.

Trahant reports and comments on events and trends on Facebook, Twitter (@TrahantReports) and other social media. He does a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One.  He is also chair of the board of directors for Vision Maker Media. Vision Maker Media works with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media including public television and public radio. 

He’s been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in a Alaska native village. He also has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho in the spring of 2011 and again in 2012. He taught courses on social media, the American West and editorial writing. In 2009 and 2010 Trahant was a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on programs the government already operates, such as the Indian Health Service. He was recently the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.

6 thoughts on “Mark Trahant

  1. Jim Blasingame says:

    Thanks a million, Mr. Trahant! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it, and the students will be thrilled! Jim

  2. The Onondaga Nation Clan of Snipe “HOLD THE TRUMP CARD”!!!

    Mr. Trahant,
    My name is Michelle L. George of the Onondaga Snipe Clan, I have also worked with the United Tribal Nations Organization for the past ten years have done work out of the United Nations. This organization had found the violation of the US Government casting one vote against our Sovereignty in 1923, The League of Nations, all 749 Sovereign Tribal Nations have been reinstated into the United Nations in 2009. In 2008, the Onondaga Snipe Clan presented the Trade Agreement with Britain, as they requested from the Queen and has filed it under the Conveyance Title: Onondaga Nation Clan of Snipe, in 2010 the Queen relinquished here authority over Canada, Scotland, Africa and Ireland. Scotland is the only country that stayed under the Crown. The founder of the United Tribal Nations has since retired in 2015 and gave me the authority to keep this organization running. President Obama had placed an Executive Order for our people to work with the Dept. od the Interior at the Executive level, We knew that Trump would take the EO away BUT!! The Onondaga Snipe Clan are playing our “Trump Card”!!! We always had the ACE IN THE HOLE!! Just had to play it at the right time!! We told Mr. Trump that he has no authority to tell us what to do, we have had our Sovereignty way (BC) Before Columbus!! All American- Europeans are immigrants and are only here in our country under “Good Faith” unless they swear by our laws to become our “slaves” they need to be registered!!
    We have all our proof they can all be Deported!!

  3. Steve Christilaw says:

    Good luck on Chapter 3 of Indian Country Today. I can’t help but think it will be a great laboratory for young journalists looking to learn the proper way to commit the act of journalism in the modern world. You have my best wishes.

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