Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

  TrahantReports A friend writes: “Having Indian candidates for office is certainly a big plus, but their chances of getting elected is certainly reduced by these voter ID laws, in North Dakota, Arizona and Alaska.” And those are not the only states. Indeed across the country Republican legislatures have used a variety of measures to try and shrink the …

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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 It’s time for the Republican Party and its soon-to-be nominee Donald J. Trump making their best case for winning the White House and Congress. This will not be an election where the color gray will be debated. The differences on issues between Republicans and Democrats are stark. On Monday …

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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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    Counting every vote (again) TrahantReports Every election there is new evidence that, yes, your vote does count. (This week, for example, there has been stories from voters who voted for the United Kingdom to leave Europe only because they thought their vote did not count. Whoops.) Now a race in  Blackfeet Country is being …

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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    

Mark Trahant / TrahantReports North Dakota’s primary Tuesday was supposed to be routine: After all the Native American candidates were running unopposed in their primary races. Then last night a surprise text: “Scott Davis, Standing Rock Sioux, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commissioner, was elected to the city of Mandan.” Davis led a field of four …

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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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