Mark Trahant

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A Native American political observer says 2016 could be a record year for the number of native candidates on the ballot across the country.

Mark Trahant says just under 100 candidates are running for office.

Mark Trahant is a journalism professor at the University of North Dakota.

He says this could be a record year for the number of native people running for office.   He’s tallying up the number of native candidates nationwide, but he says since this is the first time a count like this has been done, he says he’s cautious about making a superlative statement.

Trahant Speaks About Native American Health Care

Nov 7, 2013

Mark Trahant is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.  He presents the 2013 Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture at the University of South Dakota tonight (11/7) at 6:00 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Media Center.  Trahant’s presentation, “Money in the Cup: The Affordable Care Act and American Indian Health Care,” explores how the Affordable Care Act impacts the Indian Health Service.