Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

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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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports What if? Two words that ought to be the every day language in politics. What if we tried this? What if we did that? What if we imagined? I have been thinking a lot of “what ifs?” when it comes to coal. Coal is a paradox for several Native American communities. …

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  Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Who’s winning Indian Country this presidential election season? On social media it is an intense debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters point to Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan, Nevada, and, after this weekend, Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, as evidence that Natives are “feeling the Bern.” But Hillary Clinton backers can look at …

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 The people have a voice when politicians listen Mark Trahant / TrahantReports.com There is so much about this presidential election that appeals to voters’ base instincts: Ugly threats involving immigrants or Muslims; the school-yard shouting matches that replaced Republican debates and, especially concerning, the threats and violence found at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies. It doesn’t …

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Rightful owners of Nevada’s land?       Mark Trahant TrahantReports.com Ted Cruz just joined the Sage Brush Rebellion. A new 30-second spot, “Nevada Land,” says the land belongs to the people of Nevada, “not Washington bureaucrats.”  To make his point Cruz features a picture of cattle grazing, presumably on federal lands.”If you trust me …

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