Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports We’re about a month away from this election season being over — and so there is a lot going on in the #NativeVote16 universe. (Previous: Make no mistake, Standing Rock is on the ballot.) Let’s start in North Dakota where three Native American candidates are on the ballot statewide, plus …

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The Year of the Native American candidate Mark Trahant / TrahantReports It’s easy to dismiss this election. Every day there’s more news about something outrageous that was said by a presidential candidate. Grab the remote. Click. It’s gone and and ignore. But that’s only one way to think about the 2016 election. Flip the narrative …

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Mark Trahant / TrahantReports What if? Two words that ought to be the every day language in politics. What if we tried this? What if we did that? What if we imagined? I have been thinking a lot of “what ifs?” when it comes to coal. Coal is a paradox for several Native American communities. …

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Could low oil prices help usher in a new era? Mark Trahant TRAHANTREPORTS.com Second in a series A few minutes before noon on November 6, 2015, President Barack Obama stepped into the White House briefing room to announce that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not earn approval from the U.S. government. “Several years ago, the …

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Nevada will be the first state where Native voters weigh in MARK TRAHANT The first ballots for the 2016 presidential election will be cast in a little more than seven months. That means between now and January there will be a rush of candidates, a winnowing of those who fail to raise money or attention, …

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MARK TRAHANT Montana will be the next state to expand Medicaid. Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to sign the bill authorizing expansion into law on Wednesday at noon. Remember this is a Republican-controlled legislature — so I think it demonstrates that when people really look at the numbers, the number of jobs, the number of …

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MARK TRAHANT Could we be nearing the moment to really address climate change? A quick answer is “no.” Of course not. The Republicans in Congress are hell-bent on pretending that climate change does not exist let alone agree to any shifts in policy. So they continue to fight for the approval of the Keystone XL …

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