Mark Trahant

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Mark Trahant is an independent print and broadcast [1] journalist. His blog, Trahant Reports, currently covers Native Americans and politics. He posts daily content on Twitter, including news rhymes.[2][3]


Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. He is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association.[4] 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.[5] He was chairman and chief executive officer at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.[6] He is a former columnist at The Seattle Times and has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers.[5] He was an editor in residence at the University of Idaho. Trahant was a reporter on the PBS series Frontline with a story called "The Silence," about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska.[1] At the 2004 UNITY conference in Washington, D.C., he asked George W. Bush what the meaning of tribal sovereignty was in the 21st century; Bush replied, "Tribal sovereignty means that. It’s sovereign. You’re a ... you’re a ... you’ve been given sovereignty and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity."[7]


Trahant authored The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars in 2010.

He authored Pictures of Our Nobler Selves, a history of American Indian contributions to journalism published by The Freedom Forum in 1996.[8]

He authored a commissioned work, The Whole Salmon, published by Idaho’s Sun Valley Center for the Arts.[9]

He co-authored his most recent book, Lewis & Clark Through Indian Eyes, an anthology edited by Alvin Josephy Jr.[10]

Honors and awards[edit]

Trahant, as a co-author of a series on federal-Indian policy, was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.[5] Trahant’s awards and honors include Best Columnist from the Native American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, a Ruhl Fellowship, and co-winner of the Heywood Broun Award. He was a 2009-2010 Kaiser Media Fellow.[11][12] In 1995 Trahant was a visiting professional scholar at The Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. He serves as a Trustee of the Diversity Institute, an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, based in Washington, D.C. Trahant was a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Trahant lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He currently teaches in the Communication department at the University of North Dakota.


  1. ^ a b FRONTLINE: The Silence. PBS (2011-04-19). Retrieved on 2011-04-26.
  2. ^ Twitter newsrimes4lines. Retrieved on 2015-06-12.
  3. ^ Twitter TrahantReports. Retrieved on 2015-06-12.
  4. ^ " - This website is for sale! - nativenewsnetwork Resources and Information". Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "P-I names Mark Trahant editorial page editor". Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  6. ^ [1] Mark Trahant (Maynard Institute Board Chairman). Retrieved on 2012-06-10.
  7. ^ Bush on Native American Issues: "Tribal Sovereignty Means That. It’s Sovereign". Democracy Now! (2004-08). Retrieved on 2011-05-12.
  8. ^ Goodreads: Pictures of Our Nobler Selves: a History of Native American Contributions to News Media by Mark N. Trahant. Retrieved on 2015-06-12.
  9. ^ The Whole Salmon Opens at Nevada Museum. Retrieved on 2015-06-12.
  10. ^ Random Penguin House: NINE INDIAN WRITERS ON THE LEGACY OF THE EXPEDITION. Retrieved on 2015-06-12.
  11. ^ Kaiser Health News. Retrieved on 2015-06-12.
  12. ^ CenterWest: Mark Trahant bio

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