Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

  Introspection day. Last spring’s crowd-sourcing campaign did not pan out as I expected. I did raise about a month’s worth of work — so it was helpful — but it wasn’t enough to cover the cost of some of the stories I had planned. The biggest disappointment was from media that use my column …

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Game plan. #NativeVote16 I’ll watch Wisconsin tonight and see if there is something I can add, if not, I plan to stay focused on two other stories. Next congressional profile, Joe Pakootas. There is also a lot of action with candidates for state legislatures, now more than 80 across country. I’d say that’s record territory …

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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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  LESSON LEARNED I learned something interesting yesterday about how stories travel via social media. I measure every story and look how it’s used on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as Indianz, Indian Country Today Media Network, News from Indian Country, and Native News Online.  (I Really like the flattering display in Daily Yonder this …

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   Housekeeping. Planning day. I am still researching and writing the energy and climate (part 3) post. I am giving a speech next week on this topic, so it’s a good time to finish the piece. There is a lot going on and it has election ramifications, especially because more federal spending will be required …

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To. much. To. do. Catch up on campaign news, look ahead to Nevada, and finish writing energy & climate series. Whew. Then work on book. From @trahantreports Twitter feed this week: Rethink First in the Nation? Iowa’s Native American population 1/2 of 1 percent. New Hampshire? 2/10th of one percent. #NativeVote16

    MARK TRAHANT A holiday weekend update, housekeeping. My plan is to produce a book in January that will serve as a guide to the elections for Indian Country. The rough outline is posted above, but I am refining a couple of the chapters. One thought: If I can find a sponsor of some kind, …

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This chart is not finished. I need add a location to every name so that I can geocode and make the map. I also don’t have every person’s tribal affiliation, photograph, and links to their web sites. But … I thought I would post now so that people can send me more names. Once this …

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     Behind the scenes. More housekeeping to start the week. I am working on a few changes to TrahantReports.com First, I am adding a new page for press releases and other election-related material. My idea is to make Trahant Reports a catch all for anything related to politics and Indian Country.  Second, I am …

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