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'She taught him.' Three words that could change our politics — Trahant Reports: Indian Country politics & policy

It’s easy to get discouraged reading the news or looking at the political landscape. It’s a frightening mess: Mass murder, climate change, an …

Price visits Indian Country … and is gone

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services visits the Pawnee Indian Health Center. (Photo via Twitter.)<p><i>Trahant Reports</i><p>Tom Price, M.D., visits …

Indians don’t pay taxes? Or why the coming tax debate matters so damn much

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate leaders announce their framework for Tax Reform. (Photo: Speaker.Gov)<p><i>Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports</i><p>The Senate has …

Dino Rossi seeks House seat in Washington; Notes from #NativeVote18 #IndigenousNewsWire

Former state Sen. Dino Rossi, a Republican, is running for Congress in Washington’s 8th district. (Official photo)<p>Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports<p>Dino …

Seriously? States complain to Senate about the burden of Native health care — Trahant Reports: Indian Country politics & policy

First: A fantasy. Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native …

The Senate's 'last' shot for a repeal and replace health plan — Trahant Reports: Indian Country politics & policy

“Like the earlier version of the Cassidy-Graham plan, the revised plan would disproportionately harm certain states. The block grant would not only …

‘We lost all what money can buy,’ Dominica leader says; Indigenous territory takes direct hit from the storm

<i>Trahant Reports</i><p>The Kalinago Territory in Dominica took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria. The indigenous territory (formerly known as the Caribs) is …

Weather

This is a first: Legislation would fully-fund Indian health system, raise billions

Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed “Medicare for all” bill would fully-fund the Indian Health system for the first time in history. (Senate photo)<p><i>Mark</i> …

Health Care

Trump’s deal with Democrats shows that governing is not out of the question

President Donald J. Trump in North Dakota on Wednesday talking about his tax reform plans. (WhiteHouse.Gov)<p><i>Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports</i><p>Big news: …

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Indian Country Today had its beautiful moments; expecting a new chapter

Mark Trahant / <i>Trahant Reports</i><p>Nearly every Native American journalist in the country can tell you what our national media ought to look like. We’ve …

Journalism

Cecil D. Andrus, RIP (a morning memory)

The year was 1977. I was editor of the Sho-Ban News and Idaho’s Gov. Cecil Andrus had recently been named by President Jimmy Carter as Secretary of …

Clues from history: Why Donald J. Trump’s presidency is over

Lt. Col. Ely Parker and General U.S. Grant’s staff. (Library of Congress)<p><i>Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports</i><p>The Trump presidency ended yesterday.<p>“… Not …

September will be a mess in Congress; budget, spending and debt fights ahead

One-party government? Get real.<p>Mark Trahant / <i>Trahant Reports</i><p>September is going to be a mess. Congress must sort out some really complicated fiscal …

Obesity in Indian Country is mostly the same; why that’s incremental progress

IHS Diabetes Fact Sheet, published July 2017.<p>A fundamental question about government<p>Mark Trahant <i>/ Trahant Reports</i><p>The most fundamental question about …

Medicaid Survived the Health Care Battle—Now Let’s Give It to Everyone

We should ditch employer-provided insurance. Administrative costs for Medicaid are nearly half of the cost of private sector plans. Yes, half.

Humor day in the Senate; Scary single payer & a halt to Alaska energy projects

Single payer? A vote today on an amendment that Montana Sen. Steve Daines hopes will pout Democrats on record for such a scary idea. (YouTube</i> …

Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care

Humor day in the Senate<p>Scary single payer and a halt to Alaska energy projects<br>By Mark Trahant<br>TrahantReports.Com<p>Today is humor day in the Senate. But …

Did you hear the one about the Senator raising concerns about Indian health?

Sen. John McCain votes yes on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed, then attacks the process, only to vote yes on the first bill that failed his test of …

Senate is blind: Healthcare vote minus a draft, public hearings, or common sense

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) brief the press on the upcoming vote on a repeal and replacement …

The Alaska Fix: How the Senate could fix healthcare & govern in the Trump era

The Senate is broken. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (who has already lost a primary only to win a general election) should consider The Alaska Fix for the good …

Alaska’s special deal in Senate health bill isn’t enough to fund successful Medicaid

Alaska’s Health and Human Services Commissioner Valerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson. A report by her agency says Medicaid now covers one in four people …

Lies we’re told: Strip millions (billions) from health care & call it better

At a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday there was a testy exchange between Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, and the acting director of …

Election update: Rancher, businessman, and, yes, absolutely, a career politician

Mark Trahant / <i>Trahant Reports</i><p>Last year about now I was pretty much writing all politics all the time. Indian Country had so many good candidates to …

Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be ‘great for everybody’

President Donald J. Trump meets with tribal leaders for Energy Week. He calls the Medicaid cuts will be great for everybody. (White House photo via …

Health care delivery is worth a policy debate; but Senate bill is not that

Mark Trahant / <i>Trahant Reports</i><p>The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill — the ironically titled “Better Care …

How bad could it be? Don’t get sick if Senate (or House) bill becomes law

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan speaking at a conference last year about the opioid crisis in Alaska. Critics say cuts to Medicaid will make it harder to …

Health Care

The secret Republican health care plan: Cutting taxes and destroying Medicaid

Make or break week? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was important to vote on a Senate health care bill before the July 4th holiday …

Health Care