Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Native American representation in Congress was 0.37 percent before the election and today it’s the same, Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Markwayne Mullin were easily re-elected to the House. But Denise Juneau, Joe Pakotas and Chase Iron Eyes were all defeated by wide margins in Montana, Washington and North Dakota. …

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Do you ever wonder who will be the first Native American president? That answer might already be found on the ballots across the country. Where more Native Americans than ever are running for office. Welcome to the Trahant Reports election special. I’m  Mark Trahant. You can find my blog at trahantreports.com or my work on …

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Trahant Reports Two weeks and a day to go and the crazy season has begun. North Dakota’s Chase Iron Eyes was a guest on a right wing radio program where he said he faced a series of loaded, baited questions. Such as: “do you believe in abortion, even after new science developments? Should people be able …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Vermont casts 22 votes for its senator, Bernie Sanders. A minute later, Sanders asks the rules be suspended and that Hillary Clinton be nominated by acclamation. And so the Bernie Sanders’ chapter comes to an end. The question is, “what’s next?” Let’s explore this from a couple of different points of view. …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports First the news: Montana Democrats hired Amy Croover as director of the Native Vote program. A Democratic Party press release said her task is to increase the number of Native American voters. The message is significant. Montana Democrats are investing real resources to give American Indian voters a greater say. “As …

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  What does the election landscape look like? This. I am also updating the spreedsheet that lists all of these candidates. I will post as soon as I have confirmed a couple of races. — Mark Trahant    

And one important lesson for Indian Country Mark Trahant / TrahantReports There are three lessons that the Hillary Clinton campaign could learn from team Bernie Sanders. And there is one critical lesson from Clinton that could help Indian Country win more elections.  A little background first. I have been writing about political campaigns for forty-plus …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Voters will be going to the polls today in California, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and New Jersey. Most of the attention remains focused on the presidential nomination. Last night I was struck by the intensity of comments on my Twitter feed. #FeelTheBern is hot. Folks are mad at …

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Votes that count & those that don’t Mark Trahant /TrahantReports.com Hillary Clinton won the Virgin Island primary on Saturday. According to The Washington Post, Clinton may pick up as many as six of the seven delegates from the Virgin Island (plus the five super delegates). Sunday a similar election occurs in Puerto Rico. But here’s the …

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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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