Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

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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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports On Friday I tweeted: “What an extraordinary day, the federal government has a pulse.” The United States finally weighed in on what many of us believe is the most important issue in the country right now: The question of how this nation will address climate change. And pulse or not this remains …

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Nisqually Leaders Applaud President Obama’s Honoring of Billy Frank, Jr.   NISQUALLY, WA (11/16/15)—Leaders of the Nisqually Indian Tribe rejoiced at today’s naming of Billy Frank Jr., late Nisqually tribal leader, as one …

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Culturally significant land represents rebuilding of a tribal land base MARK TRAHANT TYONEK, Alaska — This is a great day for Al Goozmer. So the tribal president wants to show us everything in this village of about 200 people. We start at the airstrip where there’s a new fire station. A mural painted in vivid …

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   Mike Williams and his granddaughter Megan at a hunting and fishing rights rally last year in Anchorage. (Williams family photo.) New inter-tribal fish commission formed to give Alaska tribes a say MARK TRAHANT Alaska reminds me of Washington state. Let me qualify that. Alaska reminds me of Washington state before the mid-1970s. Back then …

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