It’s Impossible to Defy Gravity #NativePolicy

Guest Commentary Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office. That designation could not come at a worse time. The details. This is how the GAO defines its high risk identification: “The federal government is one of the world’s largest and most complex […]

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It’s Impossible to Defy Gravity #NativePolicy

Guest Commentary Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office. That designation could not come at a worse time. The details. This is how the GAO defines its high risk identification: “The federal government is one of the world’s largest and most complex […]

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Turning Fear into Fight; Peggy Flanagan (Ojibwe) Launches Her Campaign for Congress

Guest Commentary Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Timing is everything in politics — so Minnesota Rep. Peggy Flanagan is wasting no time in her bid for Congress. This week she launched a new web page and her social media links. Flanagan is a member of the White Earth band of Ojibwe and she would be the first […]

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Jenni Monet Faces Criminal Trespass and Rioting Charges

Guest Commentary Published February 11, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Jenni Monet, a Native American journalist, was arrested last week while covering Standing Rock. You’d think that would trigger a lot of support from the national and regional news media.  There is an idea in law enforcement called the “thin blue line.” It basically […]

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Tribe Says Corps Does Not Have Authority to Stop Environmental Review

Guest Commentary Published February 5, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Cognitive scientist George Lakoff once described the process for Republican thinking. It’s a set of assumptions built on the idea of a strict father. He wrote in his classic book, Don’t Think of an Elephant, “The strict father model begins with a set of assumptions: The […]

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America First? How About First Americans First?

Guest Commentary Published January 29, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports How does Indian Country survive the Donald Trump era? The new administration is only a few days old and already the chaos of the times have upset business as usual. And possibly the very structure of federal-Indian law. And it’s not just Washington. The North […]

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