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James Singer will run for the United States Senate in Utah. He’s the first Native American candidate ahead of the 2018 election.
This is Trahant Reports.
Singer has already filed his paperwork, and his official announcement will be made at the Glendale Public Library in Salt Lake City. He teaches sociology at Westminster College and Salt Lake Community College.
Singer is also the first candidate to cite Standing Rock as the answer to the question, “why run?”
He said this past year has marked an awakening for Indigenous Peoples because of the struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In his words:
“I was moved to action as I saw my Native sisters and brothers stand against an encroachment which threatened not only their inherent sovereignty, but also their humanity. These water protectors were pummeled with rubber bullets, sprayed with powerful cannons in freezing temperatures, attacked with dogs, and shot with pepper spray, while bulldozers cleared away sacred land and burial sites so that a pipeline could be pushed through.”
Singer said he stands along not just because he would be a Native voice for Utah … but because he represents a departure from the grip of establishment politics as a Social Democrat.
This is an interesting idea and it raises questions about the next generation and the rise of a new kind of politics.
Imagine: Running for office in Utah on the issues of Standing Rock, and therefore climate change, the excesses of capitalism, gender inequality, and “a vision to live more sustainably.”
And 2018 will not be an ordinary election. Even in Utah. Sen. Orrin Hatch has already raised $1.3 million for his re-election effort but he may not even run. Hatch is 83 years old. There have been several others who are considering a Senate bid, including former presidential candidates Mitt Romney and independent Evan McMullin.
It’s way too early to say this, but what the heck, a three-way race would be the ideal outcome for Singer because it could split the conservative vote and open up a path for a different kind of politician. Remember Utah is one of the “reddest” states in the country.
But it’s also true that Utah’s demographics are changing. Recent census data show that nearly four out of every 10 new Utah residents are from a racial or ethnic group. And Salt Lake County, the base of Singer’s candidacy, is 27.4 percent minority.
Of course in order to win a Senate seat a candidate must create a broader coalition. Singer says he has lived in Utah his entire life, knows hard work and understands the values that people share in common.
I am Mark Trahant.
Monday, April 24, 2017 –Rezilience rises again
The organizers of the Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience are back for another year of music, art and activities. The event focuses on the resilience of the Indigenous experience through a variety of expressions including a fashion show, live music, and even curated community conversations. It’s April 29th and 30th during the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We’ll talk with the founder and some of the artists and performers about their experience and what “rezilience” means to them.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Opportunities for Native student success
High school graduation rates in New Mexico are up, with an average of 71 percent completing high school in four years. But the state Public Education Department lists Native American students as having a graduation rate of only 66 percent. We’ll continue our look at what it takes to help Native students succeed in school and graduate. With the help of the American Graduate public media initiative and New Mexico PBS program New Mexico in Focus, we’ll include a conversation about Native educators and stakeholders about exactly what it takes to help students cross the graduation finish line at a time when resources are increasingly scarce.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Book of the Month: “The Woman Who Married A Bear” by Tiffany Midge
“The Woman Who Married A Bear” by Standing Rock Sioux Nation author and poet Tiffany Midge is racking up awards including a recent 2017 Western Heritage Award. The book filled with poetry about Native identity and culture allows readers to celebrate both the simplicity and complexity of our emotions and relationships. We invite you to join us as we hear about poetry as storytelling with our March Book of the Month author Tiffany Midge.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Are you in the Native know?
Test your knowledge about our Native nations. We’re filling the hour with trivia about Native life—from history to current events to culture. It’s also a chance to boost your understanding of the different tribes that make up Native America.
Friday, April 28, 2017 — Live at the Gathering of Nations Powwow
We’re moving our studio down the street to Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque so we can give you a taste of the 34th Gathering of Nations Powwow. This annual powwow is one of the largest in the world and it attracts thousands of Indigenous people and dancers from across Turtle Island. In this program, we’ll give you a snapshot of the events and hear from some of the participants.
Monday, March 27, 2017 – A budget to make America great again?
The Donald Trump administration’s budget blueprint suggests serious cuts to education, programs for the poor and health care while increasing funding for the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. The proposed budget, called America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, is a limited snapshot of what the president aims to cut and bolster. But it does give us a glimpse into the administration’s priorities.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Culture in the classroom for school success
One school on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota puts a focus on culturally based education and it might be getting results. From sugar bushing to round dance competitions, cultural practices are part of the educational process. Overall, only 56 percent of American Indian students graduated on time in Minnesota in 2015, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. The average is 84 percent. In this continuation of our collaboration with the American Graduate initiative, we’ll talk with educators from the White Earth Reservation about their approach and what they’re seeing.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Book of the Month: “The Woman Who Married A Bear” by Tiffany Midge
“The Woman Who Married A Bear” by Standing Rock Sioux Nation author and poet Tiffany Midge is racking up awards, including a recent 2017 Western Heritage Award. The book, filled with poetry about Native identity and culture, allows readers to celebrate both the simplicity and complexity of our emotions and relationships.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 — Encouraging young entrepreneurs
The Native American Youth Empowerment Symposium aims to get young Native people thinking about finances and business. At this year’s gathering in New Mexico, Native youth are getting the chance to network, apply for scholarships and learn from seasoned entrepreneurs. The goal is to provide tools to young people to be leaders in their Native communities.
Friday, March 31, 2017 – March in the News
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has a long history of hearing cases involving Indian Country. We’ll explore what his nomination could mean for the Supreme Court. The FBI raided the Eastern Band of Cherokee Housing Authority as part of a fraud investigation. The tribal chief is enduring calls for his impeachment. And we’ll get the latest on the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, on our news round-up.
Landmark ruling reaffirms the Yakama tribe’s right to transport goods freely in Washington state
New law requires Wyoming schools to teach Eastern Shosone and Northern Arapaho history and culture
Ceremony honors code talker veterans of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Monday, March 6, 2017 — Moon time: an open discussion
In addition to a certain amount of stigma and inconvenience that comes once a month for most women, imagine having to endure an inflated cost for feminine hygiene products. That’s the reality for some Aboriginal girls and women in Canada. One group is trying to help by getting donations to cut costs. We’ll also have a frank discussion about menstruation and some of the challenges Native American women face.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Preparing kindergartners for opportunity
Educators know that getting kids ready for kindergarten is one of the best ways to improve a child’s long-term academic performance down the road. In Anchorage, Alaska three separate organizations joined forces to identify common goals for helping Alaska Native students achieve better success at school. One of the goals involves working with parents to get more kids ready to start school. They hope that will boost Alaska Native graduation rates that lag behind the national average.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 — The bathroom debate
Last month, President Donald Trump threw out federal guidelines set by President Barack Obama on Title IX, which deals with gender discrimination in schools. Political leaders are debating whether to leave decisions about which bathrooms transgender students should use to states. We’ll talk with Native transgender and Two Spirit people and others about the implications of a policy about bathrooms.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – The status of the Standing Rock fight
Many people will descend on Washington DC to express solidarity and support for the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Friday. We’ll talk with a variety of unique voices about the lessons learned from the pipeline fight, and what happens next. What can we take away from the experience at Standing Rock? Where does this momentum go?
Friday, March 10, 2017 – Salmon
Every year the Yurok tribe holds a salmon festival to celebrate the gifts from the Klamath River in northern California. Last year the historic low number of returning fish meant there was no actual salmon at the festival. Whether it’s coho, sockeye or pink, salmon are important to a number of tribes in the Pacific Northwest and in Alaska.
Native American student in Kansas questions high school mascot
UN gathers input on U.S. energy projects and Indigenous people
Indigenous women’s group supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Monday, February 27, 2017 — Protecting Native children from domestic violence
Researchers find children who witness domestic violence experience fear, anger, anxiety, and sadness. And those feelings can last a long time. In the long run, domestic violence negatively affects the lives of children into their adulthood. Domestic violence rates are at the high end of the graph for Native Americans. this program we’re talking with a Native social worker and psychologist about how Native children and communities are affected by domestic violence.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 — Trump’s wall
Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump promised Americans a wall along the U.S.- Mexican border. But the likelihood of that wall the way it’s envisioned is called into question by the Tohono O’odham Nation. They share 75 miles with the Mexico border. Tribal members say it will further separate tribal people on both sides of the border and cut cultural ties.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – What is consultation?
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe argues the federal government failed to conduct meaningful consultation over the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Much of Standing Rock’s legal opposition relied on consultation. The concept comes up regularly for many tribes. When and how does consultation happen? It’s not always easy to get an answer.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Where environmentalism and Indigenous goals part
The priorities of environmental groups and tribes often align. The prevailing perception is Native Americans are good stewards of their land. But the two groups are sometimes at odds. The issues of protected species, hunting, land conservation and others can occasionally lead to friction.
Friday, March 3, 2017 – Is the battle at Standing Rock over?
Energy Transfer Partners is nearing completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters are clearing some of the camps in North Dakota, but others are resolved to continue the fight. What happens next for the struggle against the pipeline?
Law enforcement officials declare the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota closed
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe refutes claims by the Trump administration
Legal fights continue against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Native leaders hope to steer federal dollars to Indian Country infrastructure projects
Navajo lawmakers urge Congress to protect Indian Health Care Improvement Act
Group of Senators say Indian Health Service clinical staff exempt from hiring freeze
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe calls for peace and safety as eviction nears for campers