By Mark TrahantThere are seven Native American heroes now in the Statuary Hall. Billy Frank, Jr. deserves a spot too.
Mark Trahant is an independent journalist and a member of the faculty at the University of North Dakota as the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism.
Trahant has been writing about Indian country for more than three decades. Today he writes and comments via his blog at TrahantReports.Com and on Facebook, Twitter (@TrahantReports) and other social media.
His weekly radio commentary, also called Trahant Reports, is available for tribal and community radio stations via Native Voice One.
Every day for nearly a decade, Trahant has written a 140-character rhyme based on a daily news story (@newsrimes4lines).
He’s been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska Native village. He also has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho in the spring of 2011 and again in 2012. He taught courses on social media, the American West and editorial writing. In 2009 and 2010 Trahant was a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on programs the government already operates, such as the Indian Health Service. He was recently the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also been a columnist at The Seattle Times and publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Mark Trahant is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.
Trahant’s most noted work on ICMN is as follows: