Mark Trahant

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Monday, May 22, 2017
Don’t Let Trump Drama Distract You While Congress Dismantles Medicaid
Reality TV works for one simple reason: The antics of the characters are beyond what’s believable in fiction. It’s compelling drama because normal people do not do such things. So part of watching is to find out when the story arc ends, to discover when the situation becomes “normal” again. (Even...
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Trump Budget Brings Harsh Cuts to Indian Country
Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days . The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink the federal government to a much smaller size. Except for the military and the Veterans...
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Water Is Life: The Story of Standing Rock Won’t Go Away
Every day I write rhymes on Twitter. I get a kick out of reducing complicated ideas and events down to 140 characters. So yesterday I wrote: Powers That Be think it’s the end DAPL will now have much money to spend But Standing Rock is a rally cry Rebalance our world before we die And that is the...
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
5 Ways Indian Country Can Resist Trump’s Chaos
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 has upset business as usual—and possibly the very structure of federal Indian law. And it’s not just Washington. The North Dakota Legislature in Bismarck acts as...
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Standing Rock Prepared Us For Trump's Billionaires and Oil Giants
It’s easy for me to dismiss 2016 as a horrible year. Year 2016 is an inspirational and historic moment. There have been eight years of relative progress on issues I care about, from the climate to equality. The election reversed that. Big Oil is now in charge of the environment, a senator with a...
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
How Far Will North Dakota Go to Get This Pipeline?
CANNON BALL, N.D. | A peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline ended in the arrests of 83 people in North Dakota on Saturday morning amid a chaotic scene in which police in riot gear used pepper spray to break up and subdue a group of 200 to 300 protesters. It is the highest number of...
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Sunday, September 04, 2016
A Test of U.S. Climate Leadership Will Be How We Treat the Standing Rock Sioux
My ears perked up when I heard that Hillary Clinton was giving a speech on American Exceptionalism . I cringe every time this is a topic; the idea is far too close to Manifest Destiny. “The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln’s last, best hope of Earth. We’re...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Buy Low, Sell Never: Why Not Just Buy the Entire Coal Industry?
I recently drove across the West, mostly on two-lane roads and through towns where campaign signs aren’t about a candidate but a mineral. “Coal Keeps The Lights On,” says a sign repeated throughout northwestern Colorado. That same idea is found at the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana or in...
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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Yes, It’s an Imperfect System, But the Native Vote Is Worth Counting
It’s almost time to count. Since I began my blog around Labor Day about Indian country and elections I’ve written some 16,000 words, posted 25 column-length essays, and many more Tweets and Facebook posts. It seemed to me that this election is one where Indian country can still shape the outcome...
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