11.28.2017

Native American leaders say Trump's "Pocahontas" remark was "slur"

Native American leaders say Trump's "Pocahontas" remark was "slur" Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

Navajo Nation, the National Congress of American Indians, and John Norwood, general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, all spoke on President Trump calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" at a Monday event honoring Navajo war heroes, calling the remark insensitive. Norwood said the comment "smacks of racism," and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said it was "culturally insensitive."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said Warren's characterization of the remark as an "ethnic slur" was "a ridiculous response."

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