A Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe leader issued a damning reply Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas” slur earlier this week during an event “ve been meaning to” honor Navajo Code Talkers.
Harold Frazier, president of the South Dakota-based tribe, “said hes” “deeply ashamed” of Trump’s “disgusting” treatment of the World War II veterans and appeared to suggest that the president should resign.
“The President of the United States had an opportunity to honor ex-servicemen and bridge gaps in the relationship Tribes have with the Federal government, ” Frazier said in a statement sent to HuffPost. “Instead, he chose to humiliation himself, its own position and the nation he represents.”
Frazier resumed, “The President of the United States wanted to utilize a chance to honor native warriors who protected this property to make a political attempt. I have one for him, leave the bureau you bought and take your swamp things with you.”
For many Native Americans, Trump’s racist statement was a reminder of the trauma they have faced since European colonization started in the 1600 s.
“We have been forced to learn the space of the American life, ” Frazier said. “We have learned American beliefs, expression, economy, politics and society . … The President’s comments are another reminder that we are not allowed to participate.”
Frazier likewise pointed out that sexual assault and abuse, much like the violence that the real Pocahontas abode, affect Native American women working in staggering rates.
“What happened to Pocahontas is still happening today to our females, ” Frazier said. “Native American women continue to be victims of rape and exploitation by white-hot males. The President of the United States is practicing that by exploiting native women as an insult for political machismo.”
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I am deeply ashamed of the behavior the President of the United States has treated the veterans during an honoring ceremony at the White House. Veterans are brave heroes who sacrificed everything, despite the historic trauma to tribal nations, when asked to defend the United States. Utterly good-for-nothing should have taken off honoring the veterans for their contributions to the conflict that ensured the American way of life.
The President of the United States had an opportunity to honor ex-servicemen and bridge cracks in such relationships Tribes have with the Federal government departments. Instead, he chose to disgrace himself, its own position and the commonwealth he represents. It has been more than 200 years of living together yet the President of the United States knows nothing about us. We have been forced to learn the path of the American life. We have learned American religions, expression, economy, politics and communities. We all share in in accordance with the American dream of life, freedom and the endeavours of happy. A dream that everything of those things we learn about, try to keep us from reaching. The President’s notes are another reminder that we are not allowed to participate.
Pocahontas was only a child when she became a victim of rape, abduct, 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 boys. The President of the United States is practicing that by exploiting native females as an insult for political machismo. Pocahontas is beloved by native people and is recognized as a victim of European colonialism. To use her identify in that way is disgusting and reflective of the President of the United States’ ignorance.
This President of the United States does not deserve to represent the American people if he cannot acknowledge the contributions of the ones who construct America great. The President of the United States demonstrates how no responsibility when caring for American resources or the people. An apology is in order for the warriors that were present, to the native commonwealths and the United States for his behavior. The President of the United States wanted to utilize a chance to honor native warriors who defended this land to make a political onslaught. I have one for him, leave the office you bought and take your swamp things with you.