Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota and a member of The Shoshone-Bannock tribes. He writes a regular column at YES!, where he is a contributing editor. Follow him on Twitter @TrahantReports.

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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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