Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

    Brace for another government shutdown Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Can President Donald J. Trump and the Republicans actually govern? As we near the 100th day mark the answer has been a loud “no.” So far. This week the Congress and the president will once again try for wins to fund the government, …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The company promised jobs. And, for a time, for a couple of decades, there were those jobs. But after the resource was consumed, the mill closed, the company disappeared, and …

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Good morning. No post this morning, but a couple of thoughts before the House vote on the plan to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has made this an either, or vote for House members. With the president or not? Are they more worried about a primary from Trump supporters or their …

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Native American Republicans include two elected members of Congress; a dozen serving in seven state legislatures Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures, especially those Native Americans who have been elected to office and serve as Republicans. There are two tribal citizens …

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A president unlike any since, well, Andrew Jackson Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A terrible year? Elias Boudinot considered 1832 as such. The year started with the Cherokee Nation winning its case in the U.S. Supreme Court, only to be followed by a message of “so what?” from President Andrew Jackson. Boudinot’s home was slated for …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports There is that moment when we take the plastic protection off a new phone screen. Everything was perfect until we peel it away. Then fingerprints, scratches, and the business of life take hold. That new thing is never the same. That’s exactly where Doug Burgum was as the new governor …

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  Price plan calls for Indian Health savings accounts Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system. And so far the path looks to be chaotic. First, the who: The Trump administration will be led on health care issues by Tom …

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  Just one example of innovation from the Native health system Mark Trahant / TrahantReports In the news business, this would be a man bites dog story. That’s the idea that a narrative framework is the opposite of what’s supposed to be. The usual story is that Indian health programs are a disaster and only getting …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Every once in a while an idea is floated that’s so bad, you wonder, “what were they thinking?”  Or smoking?  Today is such a day. A little background: Elections are supposed to be how a democracy resolves a contentious issue. The United States was — and is — divided over health …

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