Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

One thing about writing in the Trump era … there is no shortage of ideas. I am fascinated by latest reports about Robert Weaver and his qualifications spurred by a story in the Wall Street Journal. An HHS spokeswoman told the Journal that “any suggestion Mr. Weaver is unqualified to run IHS is a pure …

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Trahant Reports Every so often I like to post an update about the mechanics of Trahant Reports. I write often that transparency is a value in the digital world — and so that must include my work. Trahant Reports, of course, is an unusual business. I give away my words for free. Every column posted …

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A lot on my plate. But I will be writing because there is a new deadline for Congress to fund the government this week. There are serious issues that go beyond money, partly because Republicans will need to either hold their caucus together or win votes from Democrats. Tough roads. Which one is the less …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports How does the national press cover Indian Country? That’s often an easy question to answer because it’s so rare for the media to weigh in on events that matter. And when they do? Damn. The White House ceremony to honor code talkers turned into a frenzy. As ABC News reported, …

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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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