Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports We’re about a month away from this election season being over — and so there is a lot going on in the #NativeVote16 universe. (Previous: Make no mistake, Standing Rock is on the ballot.) Let’s start in North Dakota where three Native American candidates are on the ballot statewide, plus …

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TrahantReports Denise Juneau and Ryan Zinke have agreed to a series of congressional debates across Montana. And half of those debates will occur in Indian Country. The first debate will be in Frazer within the Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux Tribal Nation. That  will take place on August 29. Both campaigns have also agreed to a debate …

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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 Three explosive words: Vote your conscience. And in one phrase Ted Cruz ended any pretense of Republican Party unity. He gave permission to his supporters to vote for someone other than GOP nominee Donald J. Trump. “Don’t stay home in November,” he said. “Stand and speak and vote your conscience. Cruz …

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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 Make no mistake: The 2016 election is not routine. If you want proof, look no further than the weekend encampment at the Arlee Celebration. On Friday afternoon the Republican candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte, showed up at the celebration with a GOP colleague and then proceeded to serve grilled burgers …

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  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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