Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

    Mark Trahant / TrahantReports My ears perked up when I heard that Hillary Clinton was giving a speech on American Exceptionalism.  I cringe every time this is a topic; the idea is far too close to Manifest Destiny. “The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln’s last, best …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Henry Red Cloud added his name to those traveling to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to show support for for the people of Standing Rock and their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Red Cloud is a candidate for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, an agency that among its duties, regulates pipelines. …

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  TrahantReports Arizona voters went to the polls Tuesday to narrow the number of candidates that will be on the November ballot. Turnout was light. According to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office less than a quarter of eligible voters cast a ballot. In Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, Victoria Steele fell short in her bid …

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  Mark Trahant / TrahantReports FRAZER, Montana — A couple of years ago I was moderating a debate. At the last minute, one of the candidates called in sick. But we went ahead anyway and spent the next 90 minutes having a conversation with a single candidate. It was the best debate ever. Those of …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports The Arizona primary election is Tuesday and there are all sorts of implications for Indian Country. At least six Native American candidates are on the ballot for offices ranging from Congress to the state legislature. Three of those races are contested. Victoria Steele, Seneca, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives …

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  I was going to stop these after the statewide candidates — except I heard from readers who asked for more. So between now and Election Day I will keep cranking them out. If you want the entire series (and all my fun spreadsheets) click on the Data Sets and Graphics tab. — Mark

Mark Trahant / TrahantReports My Facebook feed is rolling with new feeds from those headed to North Dakota to join those protecting the drinking water for the people of Standing Rock and Cheyenne River. Other folks are fundraising using a variety of social media tools. And, still other people are gathering food and supplies for …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports It’s easy to be optimistic about the prospects for American Indian and Alaska Native candidates in this election and beyond. Our numbers are growing, organizations are getting stronger, and, best of all, the most remarkable, talented people are giving elective office a shot. Then I hear that voice inside: “Ahh, yes, …

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    Mark Trahant / TrahantReports A question I am often asked: Are American Indians and Alaska Natives only Democrats? Of course not. There are Native Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and Independents. Yet the data show that the vast majority of Native Americans vote for Democrats. And run for office as Democrats. Of the active candidates …

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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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