Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Trahant Reports Congress is back today and one of two things will happen: It will either do its work or all hell will break loose. Crazy thing is Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could help Congress stay on task. The federal reaction will be costly and money will need to be appropriated. On top of that, …

Continue reading

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A little more than a year ago I was teaching a class and was showing students how to build a map. I blogged about it: “What kind of map? Well, it would be cool to show where every American Indian or Alaska Native is running for office. At the federal level, …

Continue reading

    Trahant Reports A few more days to go. I have been trying to think about how can I get the word out, inform Indian Country about the policy choices ahead, and, hopefully, celebrate the record number of Native Americans who got elected. Live from the world headquarters of Trahant Reports … (I know, it’s …

Continue reading

Posts I am working on for Sunday and behind. (Plus I have a wild voting idea rolling around in my head. I’ll tell more soon.) 

  #NativeVote16 Transparency update. I am still working off my idea list posted on Thursday with the addition of a couple of policy stories regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. I especially want to write about water policy next. The others on my list are more directly election related. But first. I want to update my charts …

Continue reading

Update. Since Arizona’s primary is Tuesday I’ll post two more#NativeVote16 candidate graphics today. I want to make sure to give people time to share & retweet. Crazy travel schedule ahead. Off to Standing Rock today, then headed to Frazer, Montana, for the first congressional debate on Monday. Denise Juneau, Rep. Ryan Zinke, and Mike Fellows …

Continue reading

Good morning. A busy week ahead (but first I am stepping away from my political writing for a couple of days to fundraise for Trahant Reports and work on an overdue paying freelance gig. Trahant Reports posted a flurry of stories over the weekend, so there is plenty of material if you need to spend …

Continue reading

  Update. After looking at this week’s campaign finance reports, it’s clear that there are now just seven active Native American candidates for Congress. (Two people I have been following in Arizona have not filed campaign documents or financial reports.) I will have a new post on Sunday about money, but wanted to post an …

Continue reading

Key point: Medicaid expansion fabulous for Indian health system, Wash 38% revenue increase. Shows why expansion critical in Alaska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Montana. Building at least one interactive map to show data, a map of Washington with reservation by reservation numbers. Average across Washington is a 38 percent increase in revenue from Medicaid. Telling the …

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: