Why Run? Utah Candidate Cites Standing Rock as “Awakening” – #NativeVote18

Guest Commentary Published April 27, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports James Singer will run for the United States Senate in Utah. He’s the first Native American to run in 2018 elections. Singer is a member of the Navajo Nation. He’s also the first candidate to cite Standing Rock as the answer to the question, “why […]

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There’s Always Another Election … Why the House Could Shift to the Democrats

Guest Commentary    Published April 17, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Remember this: There is always another election.  And the 2018 congressional elections already promise to be extraordinary. Let’s look at the landscape so far. Last week voters in Kansas surprised Republicans by barely winning a district that’s supposed to be safe. President Donald J. Trump tweeted: […]

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The New Deal for Tribes: Resource Extraction & Toxic Waste (Minus the Jobs)

Guest Commentary Published April 13, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The company promised jobs. And, for a time, for a couple of decades, there were those jobs. But after the resource was consumed, the […]

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She Represents. A Survey of Native American Women Who’ve been Elected

Published April 2, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Former Montana State Sen. Carol Juneau once said that she considered state office because that’s where she could make a difference. (She is a member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tribe but was living in the Blackfeet Nation). The year was 1998. She was first appointed […]

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What’s Next? Three Ways to Add Money to Indian Health & Bigger Fights Ahead

Guest Commentary Published March 25, 2017 Governing without a Working Majority Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports President Donald J. Trump’s legislative agenda has crashed. The Republican promise to quickly repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Friday failed to win enough votes from conservatives to make it so. As House Speaker Paul Ryan said […]

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Alaska, Montana and Indian Health Benefits Deserve to be in House Debate

Guest Commentary Published March 24, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House today. But it should be. Montana does not get a vote. (The state does not currently have a member of Congress after former Rep. Ryan […]

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