#NATIVEVOTE16 – The Story is Far from Over: What’s Next for Bernie Sanders?

Guest Commentary Published July 26, 2016 Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Vermont casts 22 votes for its senator, Bernie Sanders. A minute later, Sanders asks the rules be suspended and that Hillary Clinton be nominated by acclamation. And so the Bernie Sanders’ chapter comes to an end. The question is, “what’s next?” Let’s explore this from a […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16: Trump’s Metaphor: I Will Break Treaties

Published July 24, 2016 Mark Trahant / TrahantReports Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president Thursday. “Here, at our convention, there will be no lies,” he said. “We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else.” And one of those truths: An extrordinary promise to break treaties. That’s the […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – Measuring Social Media and Getting the Word Out (Transparency)

Guest Commentary Published July 17, 2016 By Mark Tranhant TrahantReports So how do we get the word out in an era of social media? The problem with answering that question is that the rules keep changing. This whole enterprise has gone through lots of experiments. When I first started it was really a newspaper column on […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – The Mechanics of Reaching Indian Country Voters

Guest Commentary Published July 11, 2016 Mark Trahant / TrahantReports First the news: Montana Democrats hired Amy Croover as director of the Native Vote program. A Democratic Party press release said her task is to increase the number of Native American voters. The message is significant. Montana Democrats are investing real resources to give American […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – Candidate Notes from the July Campaign (and Powwow) Trail

Guest Commentary Published July 6, 2016 Fourth of July weekend is a nonstop race for candidates. There are 125 days left until Election Day. In Montana Denise Juneau took time to march in parades across the state and join Grand Entry at the annual Arlee Celebration. She Tweeted: “Today, picked up a new shawl at the Arlee […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – SANDERS AT NCAI: Real Dollars to Indian Country Won’t Cost a Lot

Guest Commentary Published July 3, 2016 Mark Trahant / TrahantReports A couple of decades ago I had a chance to interview John Ehrlichman.  He had been recently released from prison for perjury and other Watergate-related crimes. We were talking about President Nixon’s American Indian and Alaska Native policies. He talked about some of the successes, some of […]

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