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"Pocahontas" Not a Racial Slur, Says Prominent White Expert

He truly has a gift. In the space of 19 seconds, he managed to be both condescending and racist toward Native Americans.

Native Americans observers were quick to note that Monday's ceremony took place beneath a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the seventh USA president and architect of the policy that forcibly drove thousands of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribe members from their homes to the West. "As a white person, I think I'm in a better position to know about this stuff".

In an interview with CNN's "New Day", Russell Begaye said that Trump's use of the term repeatedly in the past as well as on Monday during an event honoring Navajo code talkers was "uncalled for".

"You were here long before any of us were here - although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago".

Native American leaders fired back at President Donald Trump's reference to Sen.

This was a shot at Sen.

The president has repeatedly mocked the MA senator for claims she made about being part Native American. Trump delights in rolling out this nickname for her at every opportunity. Warren's claim of having Native American heritage.

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"President Trump couldn't even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur", Warren told Anderson Cooper.

"He talked down to Peter MacDonald and the other fearless Navajo as if they were children", he told VOA, expressing fear that this may have detracted from Code Talker Peter MacDonald's speech.

One voice that has been missing in the debate has been that of the code talkers honored in the ceremony.

Naturally, the majority of the questions during Monday's White House Press briefing were about Trump's use of "Pocahantas", instead of tax reform or other pressing issues.

The White House, however, denied that Trump's remarks were a racial slur and said that what was actually offensive was Warren "lying" about her Native American origins. What is your response to that? And to put in a slur that has become racial - Pocahontas - didn't belong there.

The White House disputed the characterisation and blamed the senator for not being forthcoming regarding her ancestry.


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