Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

#NativeVote18 Election notes before the June 5th primary in NM, SD, Montana Mark Trahant / Indian Country Today New Mexico voters will decide Tuesday on two races involving Native American candidates for Congress. First: In Albuquerque Paulette Jordan will champion Deb Haaland in get-out-the-vote rallies. Haaland is Laguna Pueblo and is running in a crowded …

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Conventional wisdom says Paulette Jordan has no chance, but Idaho is changing fast Mark Trahant / Indian Country Today Can Paulette Jordan win the governor’s race in Idaho? The New York Times (and so many others) have already answered that question with an almost certain, nope. “In a state that Donald J. Trump won by …

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Mark Trahant / Indian Country Today Paulette Jordan won a convincing primary victory in her bid to be the next governor of Idaho. She convinced more than 60 percent of Democratic voters that her progressive message would work in November. “I am so moved by the strength and determination of our Idaho voters today. Their …

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Agency Says Indian Health Should Not Be Exempt From Medicaid Work Rules Because They Are ‘Race-Based’ Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports The Trump administration is supporting a major policy shift on Indian health programs which could result in a loss of millions of dollars and sabotage treaty rights. A story in Politico Sunday raised the …

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  Mark Trahant / Indian Country Today Paul Ryan came to Washington to blow up Washington. He was first elected to represent his Wisconsin district at 28 years old. He campaigned over his career for a federal government that should shrink dramatically, spend far less, that taxes should be low, and the Republicans should be …

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Paulette Jordan is one of seven Native American candidates running for statewide office — and one of two Native women running to a lead a state Mark Trahant / Indian Country Today A couple of weeks ago I was driving across the border into Idaho from Montana. I stopped the car and took a picture …

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Indian Health, Bureau of Indian Affairs see a budget increase Mark Trahant / Indian Country Today The federal government’s newly enacted budget is a massive “omnibus” act that spends $1.3 trillion and makes some members of Congress pleased and others angry. It’s a document that reflects a broken budget system. And, at the same time, …

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  Mark Trahant / Indian Country Today Congress did its job: The federal government’s budget is done. The last step was President Donald J. Trump’s signature and so now the government marches on. At least for the rest of this year, until the end of September. But the White House said Friday that the president …

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Mark Trahant Cross-posted on Indian Country Today. UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. Thursday.  The vote was 256-167. Next up: The Senate will vote on the measure. Congressional leaders have agreed to a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the remainder of this …

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