Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports It’s tempting to think of “news” as the business model for Indian Country Today. What are the stories? Does it represent an authentic voice (or voices) for Indian Country? Who are the great reporters? Where should they be? How much video? Text? Opinion? Is the story compelling? Does coverage match …

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Trahant Reports Congress is back today and one of two things will happen: It will either do its work or all hell will break loose. Crazy thing is Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could help Congress stay on task. The federal reaction will be costly and money will need to be appropriated. On top of that, …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A memo to the publisher (either to the next owner of Indian Country or to any news operation that’s going to serve that readership now.) First question you have got to ask yourself is “Why?” Why are you doing this?” Odds are you will lose (or my word, invest) a …

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The year was 1977. I was editor of the Sho-Ban News and Idaho’s Gov. Cecil Andrus had recently been named by President Jimmy Carter as Secretary of the Interior. If I remember right, this interview took place in his Boise office. Andrus was a politician who gave clear answers and was a great storyteller. I remember our …

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The budget story I’d like to post around Labor Day. There will be no action until Congress returns. Lots of questions for Indian programs — especially if there is a budget. (The flip side of that is a Continuing Resolution. Or, more of the same.) Energy disruption story is long range. Reporting now. Health care. …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports This will be a short pitch. (Then back to regular programming.) I am looking for a few financial supporters of Trahant Reports. Well, at least, for the radio version of my commentary. Trahant Reports is a combination of my blog and a weekly commentary carried on Native Voice One.  My …

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  Trahant Reports A short transparency report. It’s spring break and I have a plan: Write at least 15,000 words. My next book is in my head and I need to transcribe it on digital paper. For those who want to follow along: I am opening a new tab on my blog, Disrupt! I’ll post …

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In a few days we will see what kind of federal budgets actually surface. Right now there is a lot of posturing going on:  — From the Trump White House that wants to shrink government dramatically. — From agencies that want to keep as much of the funding as they have now. — And from …

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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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