Archives for December 2015
Cherokee Nation responds to historic flooding
Muscogee Nation to hold inauguration ceremony
Navajo Nation plans to build solar farm in Arizona
U.S. Treasury announces tribal advisory members
It’s easy to get confused by this year’s campaign for president. This is Trahant Reports.
So if you get information from watching television or from Internet rumblings, you might think Republicans are driving toward a massive victory.
And why not?
Donald Trump packs thousands of people into every one of his rallies and the television ratings for G.O.P. debates are ginormous.
The problem with that narrative is that it misses the demographic shift that’s been occurring in America.
Any Republican candidate for president starts off in a deep hole.
Why? When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 the population of the United States was 80 percent white. Today it’s about 63 percent white.
One demographic profile of voters by The National Journal shows how dramatically the country changed since Reagan’s landslide. He won with the support 56 percent of white voters in 1980. But in 2012 Mitt Romney earned 59 percent of white voters and still lost by 4 percentage points.
The country’s diversity trend is just beginning. The U.S. Census reports that American Indians and Alaska Natives grew at 1.4 percent since 2013, compared to 0.5 percent for whites.
Even more diverse than millennials are those younger than 5 years old. In 2014, this group became majority-minority for the first time and in 13 years the majority of new voters will be people of color, in twenty-five years a majority of all voters.
So here’s the deal: ignore every poll you see that compares one Republican versus one Democrat. In our system, you have to think instead: Which states?
And it’s in these state contests where the American Indians and Alaska Native voters are becoming more important, especially as part of a coalition.
Nevada is a good place to start examining these trends. In 2012, Nevada voters were about 65 percent white. Next year’s voters are projected to drop to about 60 percent.It’s possible to build a winning coalition made up of some white voters (a third or so) plus significant majorities from Latino, African American, Asian American and Native Americans.
Other states where such coalitions are possible: Alaska, Arizona, Wisconsin, and, eventually, Oklahoma.
What’s striking about this election so far is that the Republican candidates are not even trying to build a coalition with minority voters.
As we enter 2016, yes, it’s going to be a crazy year with all sorts of scenarios possible ranging from fights at the conventions to third-party runs. Sure, it’s even possible, that one of the Republican candidates will whip up magic and unite a coalition of voters. But that would take words designed to reach consensus with the new majority of voters. One of the candidates will have to recognize that the road to the White House is red, brown, black and young.
I am Mark Trahant reporting.
Supporters of the Fairbanks Four want to see action to address justice disparities.
A South Dakota performance aims to address high Native American suicide rates.
Monday, December 28, 2015 — Star Stories in Native America
In Native America, the stars are more than sparkly lights in the night sky. They reveal our origin stories, hero stories or moral teachings. We’re telling star stories and discussing why the stars are important for those of us on Earth.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – December in the News
President Obama signed a $1.8 trillion spending bill, avoiding a shutdown. The Fairbanks Four convictions were thrown out. And a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. These stories and more are up for discussion as well as a look back at the best and worst headlines in 2015.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 — Tribal Courts and the Dollar General Case
An alleged sexual assault of a Choctaw teenager in a Dollar General store on the reservation, turned into a high-profile Supreme Court case. In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the petitioners argue tribal courts can’t provide a fair and do not have jurisdiction. A decision by the Supreme Court could have a far-reaching effect on tribal sovereignty and the power of tribal courts.
Thursday, December 31, 2015 – 2015 Walked On
On this last day of the year, we’ll take another look at the leaders, artists and other significant people who we lost. This is our day to reflect on the accomplishments and inspirations of those who will remain in our memories. It’s a powerful hour of reflection with expert advice for everyone about ways to handle grief. Who would you like to remember in 2015?
Friday, January 1, 2016 – The Year in Review
We’re looking ahead to the new year, but first we want to remember what came before. Here’s your opportunity to recall some of the most inspiring, aggravating and entertaining moments of 2015. Our staff hand picked some of the most memorable moments of the year and distilled them into an hour of reflection and reminiscence.
A film in production shares writing by Alaska Native leader Harold Napoleon.
And pro-golfer Notah Begay says—10 years later—his foundation continues to support Native youth.
Fairbanks police will reignite the 19-year-old John Hartman murder investigation.
A Wisconsin tribe tries to protect burial mounds from miners
The embattled White Earth chairwoman faces options in an upcoming hearing
A confrontation gives rise to a program to build bridges between racial groups in Rapid City.
The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe executive committee censures White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor.
The annual Chief Big Foot Ban Memorial ride gets underway.
Monday, December 21, 2015—Climate Change
Nearly 200 nations agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the COP 21 summit in Paris this month. We will talk to members of the Indigenous delegation to Paris and hear their perspectives on how this agreement saves the world. Or at least tilts in the right direction.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 — Holiday Dishes: Help Me in The Kitchen!
Grapefruit in a casserole. Fish soup full of scales and bones. Yes, those are kitchen disasters confessions from Studio 49. Tomorrow we’re getting some kitchen help from two guest chefs. Share your disaster stories or just ask food questions.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 — String Games and Figures
For some tribes, winter means it’s time to take out the string. Choreographed finger movements weave strings into intricate figures and designs—stars, animals, heroes and tricksters. How does your tribe use string figures? What’s your favorite string game?
Thursday, December 24, 2015 — Best and Worst Gifts
We take our annual look at people’s personal experiences with giving and receiving. We hear from our listeners about memorable gifts–from white elephants to cherished keepsakes.
The Lakota Peoples Law Project calls for Truth and Reconciliation
The 39th annual Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament crowns two champions in Rapid City, SD.
The Salish Kootenai College suspends classes for a day to honor their president who died Monday.