Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports If, then, this. A series of three words explaining what happens in any new White House. If Donald Trump wins the presidency, then many (not all) of the promises made during the campaign become policy. And it happens starting next month when the Congress races to try and make this so. …

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  Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Early on I decided to focus this #NativeVote16 project on American Indians and Alaska Natives running for office. (Instead of a broader look at the election and its impact on Indian Country.) That’s made it easier for me to ignore so much of the nonsense that’s surfaced in this …

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  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Could social media be a tool used to propel a successful candidacy? Of course not. At least that’s what people say. After all: Politics has always been done this way. But Alaska might be different and Edgar Blatchford is staking out an unconventional approach. He’s running for the United States Senate …

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  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Make no mistake: The 2016 election is not routine. If you want proof, look no further than the weekend encampment at the Arlee Celebration. On Friday afternoon the Republican candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte, showed up at the celebration with a GOP colleague and then proceeded to serve grilled burgers …

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  Deborah Parker speaking at a Senate press conference about the Violence Against Women Act. (YouTube photo) TrahantReports First the news. Then the context.  The news is that Deborah Parker has been named to the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee. That’s both remarkable and important. She was  appointed by Bernie Sanders.  As Nicole Willis posted …

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  ## See update below. ## Mark Trahant / TrahantReports You have to give Bernie Sanders credit for elevating American Indian and Alaska Native issues. He traveled across Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota, and at every stop (as he has been doing for months now) he called for a new relationship between the federal government and …

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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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   Housekeeping. Planning day. I am still researching and writing the energy and climate (part 3) post. I am giving a speech next week on this topic, so it’s a good time to finish the piece. There is a lot going on and it has election ramifications, especially because more federal spending will be required …

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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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Fascinating profile of young Native American voters in Nevada by Tristan Ahtone (On Twitter: @Tahtone ). This video is worth watching; story raises the kinds of questions that candidates and journalism organizations should be asking.     So should candidates for president really campaign on reservations in such a close contest? As reported in the piece, Nevada …

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