Saturday, October 14, 2006

The American Indian Responses to 9-11

"Ward Churchill...should...come clean about his appropriated American Indian identity."---Indian Country Today

On February 3, 2005, Indian Country Today had this to say about the University of Colorado's tenured Plariarist of Ethnic Studies, Ward Churchill:

"[T]here is no evidence that Churchill is Indian. Further, Churchill's statements [calling the victims of 9-11 "little Eichmanns"] are obviously devoid of even the most basic humanity that American Indian peoples hold dear. In no way does his insult reflect the views of Indian country. To know the response of Indian country to the 9/11 tragedies is to reflect on the humanitarianism shown by Eastern Native communities: from the Mohawk to the Oneida, the Pequot, Mohegan and many others who immediately put their people - ironworkers, ferry-boat crews and medical personnel - into the rescue and recovery operations, to the California Indian nations that expressed their solidarity with America and donated generously to the rescue efforts, to the Lakota families who brought their Sacred Pipe to pray at the site, leaving their quiet offerings early one dawn. This is always the preferred way of human beings - to understand the kind of empathy required to belong to the human race is essential in all political and economic discourse. To call the people who were murdered on Sept. 11 ''little Eichmanns'' is a hideous expression that when combined to Churchill's mistaken Native identity can only poison the public discourse concerning American Indians."

"....Ward Churchill...should...come clean about his appropriated American Indian identity." [Indian Country Today]


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