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Cherokee Chief Denounces Brown Staffers for Tomahawk Chops and War Whoops

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

 

Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Bill John Baker denounced the actions of Republican Senator Scott Brown's staffers and supporters outside a campaign event in Dorchester on Saturday.

Several individuals linked to the Brown campaign were caught on camera mocking Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage by performing tomahawk chops and war whoops.

"The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse," Baker said.

"The use of stereotypical 'war whoop chants' and 'tomahawk chops' are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples."

Speaking on behalf of the Cherokee Nation, Baker said the individuals from Brown's campaign and Senate office who were involved must be held accountable for their offensive behavior.

"We need individuals in the United States Senate who respect Native Americans and have an understanding of tribal issues. For that reason, I call upon Sen. Brown to apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples." 

Baker, a Democrat, served as a delegate for his home state of Oklahoma at this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

"Senator Brown has spoken to his entire staff – including the individuals involved in this unacceptable behavior – and issued them their one and only warning that this type of conduct will not be tolerated," said Brown's Press Secretary Alleigh Marré.

"As we enter the final stretch of this campaign, emotions are running high, and while Senator Brown can’t control everyone, he is encouraging both sides to act with respect. He regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve.”

Meanwhile, George Thomas, a Pequot member of the Affiliated Tribes of New England, called on Warren to offer up an apology of her own for her claims of Native American ancestry.

“Being of Native American and African American ancestry, I find it insulting and wrong for Professor Elizabeth Warren to claim minority status as a Native American at Harvard," Thomas said.

"Professor Warren has never reached out to the Native American community within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer an explanation or an apology."

Thomas said Warren failed to acknowledge how her claims and actions affected the Native American community and that she fraudulently presented herself to Harvard.

 

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Comments:

Stephen Quist

funny thing about this......I never heard this chief complaining about the Atlanta Braves or the Floridia State football team fans doing the exact same thing.......is this just faux pas outrage?

Edward Saucier

Q never heard so it didn't happen. Hey Q ..if a tree falls in a forest and there's no one around..did it make a noise?

The Chief wasn't the only one teed off. The whole thing was just rude and crude and a lot ignorant. However, it's typical republican reactions when they feel they are losing.

The GOP's "useful fool" uses his own group of "useful fools" to spout paranoid theories and repulsive slurs against Liz Warren, whose IQ dwarfs that of the "man baby" who's having tantrums as Liz is now steadily pulling ahead of him in the polls.

Waah, Waah, "I don't need Professor Warren talking or speaking or commenting on my votes." Waah, Waah, Professor Warren checked off the minority box when she applied for her jobs, (Not true Dopey) She doesn't look like a Native American to me. Waaah, Waah, Waah.

The truth is out there but Scotty can't find it because he don't care about no stinkin' truth. Listen to Liz Warren and ye shall find the truth.

Stephen Quist

@Ed: I never exonerated Browns campaign employees for doing the war hoops/tomahawk chops...........I simply stated what should be obvious to any independent minded thinking individual - why has the chief not been as outraged by the Atlanta Braves and Florida State fans doing the exact same thing?
Again is this just 'faux pas outrage?'

Stephen Quist

Jeez I wonder if this one of the same chiefs that lizzy warren refused to meet with to follow up on her false claims of her heritage?
Something tells me NO!
What we have here is selective fauc pas outrage!

Edward Saucier

Q. I never said you exonerated "Browns clowns". You read a lot into things not in evidence. I think I told you that before.

You previously said you didn't know if the Chief objected to the baseball thing, now you say different. I think it's like comparing apples to oranges anyway. The baseball fans weren't intentionally denigrating the Indian Nation like "Browns Clowns" were.

So what do you really know about the Chief or is it just your "independent minded thinking" running amok?

I don't know if you know this but the Chief is 1/32 Cherokee like Liz Warren is alleged to be. But I don't know if the Chief has papers on that? I was told I was half French and half Irish, but I don't have any papers on that either. And no one has ever called me a liar about that. Maybe if I ran for US Senate they would? How about you? Got papers on your ancestry?

You seem to be pretty much on the mark on other things ...but Scott Brown has really got you turned around and blocked your "independent minded thinking." Did he take you out for a beer or what? And why do you hate Liz Warren so much. I can tell you all the flaws in each of Scott Brown's "On the Road" ad series. I can't find any in Liz Warrens ads. She just tells it like it is.

Stephen Quist

I have papers pertaining to my ancestory as well as the rest of my siblings........
I think for myself Ed and not suprisingly it does not always equate with your opinion.
The only time you come after me is if we disagree - thats ok - does not bother me one iota.
The only mention of the chief is in the examples I gave regarding a pro team and a collge team I never changed from that though you tried to twist my words.
I can't be bought for a beer or anything else.....sorry Ed we disagree on this one....and when you look at the ad world with rose colored glasses I guess you could NEVER find anything wrong with Lizzy's ads......and btw I don't "HATE" anyone and for you to equate me with hating lizzy because I support someone else is just laughable....I don't hate anyone I just call a spade a spade




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