Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Disparages Elizabeth Warren With 'Pocahontas' Remark During Ceremony Honoring Native Americans

Trump Disparages Elizabeth Warren With 'Pocahontas' Remark During Ceremony Honoring Native Americans

"Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time - longer than you".

The use of "Pocahontas" has drawn criticism from many who view it as disrespectful to not only Warren, but to the Native American hero who famously was captured during the U.S.'s colonial era, and who was critical to brokering a peace between Natives and colonialists.

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

As Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale pointed out on Twitter, Trump delivered this comment while standing in front of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830.

She told the Associated Press in 2012 that her parents told her (and her siblings) that they had Native American heritage.

"The Navajo Code Talkers are not pawns to advance a personal grudge or promote false narratives", Crotty said in a statement released Monday.

Tara Houska, a Native American activist, told The Independent Mr Trump's words were "appalling and disgusting".

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during a White House event honoring World War II Navajo code talkers.

He then went on to address the Navajos and said: "But you know what, I like you".

President Donald Trump, right, meets with Navajo Code Talkers Peter MacDonald, center, and Thomas Begay, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. You are really incredible people. "I like you. Because you are special".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders challenged Warren's assertion that "Pocahontas" was a racist term during Monday's press conference, claiming the offensive aspect was the senator's previous claims to Native American ancestry. "What Trump displayed today was an embarrassment to our values and a disgraceful insult to the heroes of our history".

"I don't believe it is appropriate to use a racial slur in any context". Warren says she did this to try to meet people of similar heritage.

Instead, the comments have drawn the wrath of one Indigenous organisation and Senator Warren has accused the President of making a racial slur.

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