Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

  TrahantReports Chase Iron Eyes told the Fargo Forum that he is letting his campaign consultants go and is trying to raise enough money to keep his campaign sustainable. “I was convinced that I needed an advisor, and these advisors brought other advisors who all cost a great deal of money,”he told the Forum. “I …

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Transparency report August is supposed to be a slow time in politics. Yeah, right. There is a lot going on between now and Labor Day when the political season traditionally kicks off. I continue to be amazed by the readership for graphics. A story might earn 4 or 5,000 readers; a graphic that tells the …

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  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports There is a hundred dollars-a-plate fundraiser planned on August 21 for Laurel Deegan-Fricke. She’s a member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation and running in a highly competitive seat in Raleigh, North Carolina. Two years ago that race was decided by less than a thousand votes out of some 82,000 cast. If …

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  TrahantReports A friend writes: “Having Indian candidates for office is certainly a big plus, but their chances of getting elected is certainly reduced by these voter ID laws, in North Dakota, Arizona and Alaska.” And those are not the only states. Indeed across the country Republican legislatures have used a variety of measures to try and shrink the …

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TrahantReports Fourth of July weekend is a nonstop race for candidates. There are 125 days left until Election Day. In Montana Denise Juneau took time to march in parades across the state and join Grand Entry at the annual Arlee Celebration. She Tweeted: “Today, picked up a new shawl at the Arlee powwow and participated …

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  Just one example of innovation from the Native health system Mark Trahant / TrahantReports In the news business, this would be a man bites dog story. That’s the idea that a narrative framework is the opposite of what’s supposed to be. The usual story is that Indian health programs are a disaster and only getting …

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    Counting every vote (again) TrahantReports Every election there is new evidence that, yes, your vote does count. (This week, for example, there has been stories from voters who voted for the United Kingdom to leave Europe only because they thought their vote did not count. Whoops.) Now a race in  Blackfeet Country is being …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Voters will be going to the polls today in California, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and New Jersey. Most of the attention remains focused on the presidential nomination. Last night I was struck by the intensity of comments on my Twitter feed. #FeelTheBern is hot. Folks are mad at …

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