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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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A little more than a year ago I was teaching a class and was showing students how to build a map. I blogged about it: “What kind of map? Well, it would be cool to show where every American Indian or Alaska Native is running for office. At the federal level, …

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    Trahant Reports A few more days to go. I have been trying to think about how can I get the word out, inform Indian Country about the policy choices ahead, and, hopefully, celebrate the record number of Native Americans who got elected. Live from the world headquarters of Trahant Reports … (I know, it’s …

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Trahant Reports There is always a lot of experimenting going on in this new world of media. I recently heard that something like 80 percent of the Washington Post’s distribution is through outside channels. That’s even more true for Trahant Reports. My material is used by other publications, and on good days, is posted and …

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** Saturday update ** I am working on piece about Indian Country’s youth vote. I am especially interested in looking at what would 90/100% turnout look like at tribal colleges. Across the country there are about 30,000 tribal college students. I’ll start a spreadsheet and try to break that down by state. I know this …

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TrahantReports If Indian Country is going to make a difference in this election there are details that need to be completed first. Voter registration is easy. NativeVote.Org has an online set up here that is really easy to use. And the September 26 – 30 is Native Vote Action Week. (Look for hashtag, #NativeVote16 for events and social …

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  #NativeVote16 Transparency update. I am still working off my idea list posted on Thursday with the addition of a couple of policy stories regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. I especially want to write about water policy next. The others on my list are more directly election related. But first. I want to update my charts …

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