Native American Leader Slams Trump For 'Culturally Insensitive' Pocahontas Remark

Trump makes 'Pocahontas' slur at Native American ceremony

Taking to Twitter, Mr Eisen said: "The American people will not tolerate a President that insults those who risked their lives for all of us, nor a political party that enables it".

During remarks praising their service, he said: "You were here long before any of us were here. I like you, because you are special". "They call her 'Pocahontas'".

Genealogist Chris Child of the New England Historic Society looked into Warren's background and found a document stating that she has a great-great-great-grandmother who is Native American, which would make her 1/32 Cherokee, NPR reported.

Trump makes 'Pocahontas' slur at Native American ceremony
“Pocahontas” Not a Racial Slur, Says Prominent White Expert

Native Americans have taken to social media to criticize President Donald Trump for using a racial slur during a Monday White House ceremony honoring Fleming Begaye, Thomas Begay, and Peter MacDonald, three of the 13 Navajo Code Talkers still living. "I like you. Because you are special".

"You were here long before any of us were here", Trump said to the vets present.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended the president's comments after being grilled by reporters over why the president felt the need to say something "offensive" during the press briefing on Monday.

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Trump held the ceremony hosting the Navajo code talkers in the Oval Office, where a large portrait of Jackson was hung, who in 1830, signed the Indian Removal Act, which led to the forced removal, relocation and deaths of thousands of Native Americans. "I think that Senator Warren was very offensive when she lied about something to advance her career".

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

"Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is gonna shut me up with this", Warren said.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye explained to CNN that the way the term was used would be characterized as an ethnic slur, and he said it "doesn't belong in the room when our war heroes are being honored".

Warren's claims of Native-American heritage originated during her Senate campaign.

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