The Billion Dollar Dilemma: Funding Indian Health in the Trump Era

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Guest Commentary Published November 21, 2016 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A few years ago I had a chance to ask President George Bushwhat he thought about tribal sovereignty in the 21st century. His answer went viral: “Tribal sovereignty means that. It’s sovereign. You’re a … you’re a … you’ve been given sovereignty and you’re […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – Indian Country Was Like America … Only More So

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Guest Commentary Published November 14, 2016 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports This election Indian Country was like America. Perhaps only more so. Most American Indian and Alaska Natives voted for Hillary Clinton. But that support was mild. There were not enough votes to make a diffference in red states like Montana, South Dakota and North […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – Less Representation, Not More, But a Few Important Wins Too

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Guest Commentary Published November 10, 2016 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Native American representation in Congress was 0.37 percent before the election and today it’s the same, Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Markwayne Mullin were easily re-elected to the House. But Denise Juneau, Joe Pakotas and Chase Iron Eyes were all defeated by wide margins […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – Driving Turnout, Early Votes from Alaska a NORTH DAKOTA

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Guest Commentary Published November 6, 2016 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Across Indian Country there are rallies, phone banks, forums, and social media pitches that are repeating one message, vote. Native American voters can make the difference in key states from the presidential race to county commissions. And what does it matter? In a paragraph: […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – North Dakota Forges a History from Pipeline to Ballots

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Guest Commentary Published October 31, 2016 It’s an understatement to say that North Dakota is making history. The rush to build a new oil pipeline from the Bakken oil fields to Patoka, Illinois, was supposed to be routine. It was designed to avoid most regulation, especially federal oversight, and get built without fanfare. But when that […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – A Landslide? That Would be Great News for Native Challengers

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Guest Commentary Published October 23, 2016 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports What does a landslide look like? And, more important, what would that mean for Native American candidates? First: Hillary Clinton is peaking at the ideal moment. And, at the same time, Donald Trump’s campaign is imploding. He had a bad week, a poor debate, […]

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