Chairman voices outrage at President’s remarks

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Harold Frazier, Chairman Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

LETTER

The President of the United States has decided to make comments regarding Pocahontas, “Big Horn” and “Wounded Knee” in an attempt to denigrate someone else. I ask you, America, when are you going to come to your senses regarding this president?

To say that the President of the United States’ Tweet is thoughtless would be giving you too much credit. I do believe he put some thought into his Tweet, which is obvious as he has once again taken a racist jab, and in doing so, brought up Pocahontas. Pocahontas was only a child when she became a victim of rape, kidnapping, imprisonment, and her forced conversion to Christianity. What happened to Pocahontas is still happening today to our women. Native American women continue to be victims of rape and exploitation by white men. The President of the United States is practicing that by exploiting native women as an insult for political machismo. Pocahontas is beloved by native people and is recognized as a victim of European colonialism. To use her name in that manner is disgusting and reflective of the President’s ignorance.

The Massacre at Wounded Knee is a tragic time for the Lakota people. It is an incident in which soldiers of the United States hunted down and murdered hundreds of Lakota men, women and children in the middle of winter. On December 28 our tribe observed a day of mourning for our relatives murdered at the hands of the United States. This was just over two weeks ago! This coming from the same type of person who will tell us to “get over it” in the same breath. Of course, Wounded Knee happened when a Republican was president of the United States.

 

 

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