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Native American Group: Trump ‘Pocahontas’ Line ‘Smacks Of Racism,’ An Insult To ‘All American Indians’

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Native American Group: Trump ‘Pocahontas’ Line ‘Smacks Of Racism,’ An Insult To ‘All American Indians’




John Norwood, the general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, said Monday that President Trump calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Pocahontas” during an event honoring three Navajos who helped the U.S. Marine Corps develop a secret code during WWII “smacks of racism.”

“The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that’s an insult to all American Indians,” Norwood told NBC News.

“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”




Norwood said Trump should “stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents.”

Warren also fired back at Trump, condemning him for using a “racial slur.”

“It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States can’t even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without throwing out a racial slur,” she said.



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