Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Coming up:

Crosscut_Fest_logo-web.pngMark Trahant will be speaking in Seattle on Feb. 3 at the Crosscut Festival. 

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A week later a lunch talk at “Who Do We Think We Are? American Identity and the Democratic Ideal in the 21st Century” at the University of California Irvine. Conference is free and open to the public, but preregistration recommended.

The United States is facing a peculiar time in which it’s unusually difficult to take stock of ourselves. If we had to say what underpins America today, if we were forced to choose our core beliefs or values as a nation, it’s not clear that we could readily do so.

Do we still believe, for example, in liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness? That all men are created equal? Do we still believe in the right to religious freedom? In free speech and freedom of the press? How about our electoral system? Due process? Do we still believe in democracy and representative government? Do we still care, or even give lip-service to caring, about the poor, the marginalized, the vulnerable at home and around the world? Do we still hesitate to use weapons of mass destruction?

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And on the following Tuesday, a talk about health care policy at Cal State Bakersfield.

Rethinking Native Health: The Power of Data and Story. 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Most of the treaties between the United States and tribes include a provision to send a doctor and a nurse to a reservation. That’s become the Indian Health Service. How does that work? And what are the prospects going forward? Join us as award-winning investigative journalist Mark Trahant discusses the state of health care in America as part of the library’s Native Voices project. Part of the Walter Presents Series, this event is sponsored by the library and is free and open to the community.

 

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Email: mntrahant@icloud.com

 

 

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