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Rocky Mountain News ^ | May 17, 2005 | Charlie Brennan

Posted on 05/17/2005 9:43:57 AM PDT by AdamSelene235

Prof defends academic work with 50 pages in response to criticism

By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News May 17, 2005

University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill on Monday submitted his response to the faculty committee that is investigating whether he committed research misconduct and should lose his tenured teaching position.

His attorney, David Lane, said a response of more than 50 pages, single-spaced, was delivered to a committee representative Monday afternoon.

Lane said that Churchill answered each and every point on which his past scholarship and academic credentials have been challenged.

"He responded to everything, including the absolutely unconstitutional inquiry into his ethnicity," Lane said.

Churchill took "an interesting position," Lane said, on whether he has fabricated an American Indian heritage to gain greater acceptance and credibility for his writings on Indian issues.

"He thinks it would be equally offensive for them (the faculty committee) to certify him as an Indian, as it would be to say he's not an Indian - but he showed conclusive proof to say he is Native American; but he is telling them it's none of their business. And I don't see it as constitutionally their place, to prove his pedigree."

Lane said that federal law provides four points on which American Indian status can be legally claimed, and that Churchill can satisfy at least three.

One, Lane said, is how a person self-identifies. Churchill has identified himself as an Indian - by at least one recent account - since he was 10.

A second method is through community acceptance and recognition. Churchill points to the passionate rally around him by American Indians, including actor/activist Russell Means, during his speaking engagement on the CU campus Feb. 8, as evidence of meeting that test.

Enrollment in a tribe is a third qualification Churchill cites to CU - the "smoking gun" in Lane's words. Specifically, Churchill points to the associate membership awarded him in 1994 by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Tahlequah, Okla.

Churchill and Lane insist that associate membership is more significant than the "honorary" membership the same tribe once gave President Clinton. Several tribal members, however, say there is no difference between the two.

Churchill's case was referred by interim chancellor Phil DiStefano on March 24 to CU's standing committee on research misconduct. The committee was asked to consider five specific points in determining whether a full investigation should be launched that could lead to dismissal or other disciplinary action.

Work, conduct in spotlight

The areas deserving of inquiry in the eyes of CU administrators are twofold.

One centers on allegations that Churchill has engaged in plagiarism, falsification and fabrication.

Second, the committee is examining whether the ethnic studies professor committed research misconduct by misrepresenting himself to be an American Indian to gain credibility and a wider audience for his scholarly writings and speeches.

Lane said that Churchill provides a clear and conclusive defense to every allegation of plagiarism or academic misconduct that has been raised by the faculty committee.

The investigation into Churchill's record was triggered by a wave of bitter controversy that washed over CU and and the state of Colorado in January.

That's when it came to light that Churchill, in an essay on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, characterized some victims in the World Trade Center as "Little Eichmanns," reaping the bloody harvest of an aggressively violent U.S. foreign policy.

A six-week CU investigation determined that Churchill's often incendiary political discourse, including comparing 9/11 victims to a notorious Nazi, was protected speech for which CU should not, and could not, punish him.

"The nature and content of professor Churchill's speech does not exceed the boundaries of a public employee's protected speech," DiStefano said. "As repugnant as his statements are to many in the university community, however, they are protected by the First Amendment.

The research misconduct committee reported to Churchill on April 22 that he had 14 days in which to respond to the remaining allegations under their review.

Churchill sought, and received, an extension so that responding to the committee would not interfere with final exams and the grading of papers. Monday was his new deadline.

The inquiry committee, a subgroup appointed by the full research misconduct committee, now has 60 days to investigate the allegations, and Churchill's responses, dating from the day last month that it officially put Churchill on notice he was under review.

That means that by about June 21, the inquiry committee will be called upon to decide by simple majority vote whether sufficient credible evidence exists to warrant a full investigation by the faculty's full standing committee, on any or all of the allegations.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 911families; academia; academicfreedom; churchill; cigarstoreindian; colorado; cu; fraud; koa; leftists; liberal; littleeichmanns; mikerosen; phony; regents; rosen; tenure; tenuredradicals; university; ward; wardchurchill

1 posted on 05/17/2005 9:43:58 AM PDT by AdamSelene235
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To: AdamSelene235
Mr. Churchill is twisting the heritage law to his own ends. The law concerning how a Native American self-certifies himself, was instituted to assist authentic Native Americans who may not have had a paper trail authenticating their geneology.

This is similar to the Social Security Administration accepting a written record in a family Bible in lieu of a birth certificate. If a person was never issued a birth certificate, a notation in the family Bible, such as "John, born May 17, 1921" is accepted by SSA as proof of birth.

2 posted on 05/17/2005 9:52:21 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: AdamSelene235
One, Lane said, is how a person self-identifies. Churchill has identified himself as an Indian - by at least one recent account - since he was 10.

A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth in the eyes of the masses.-Joseph Goebbels

3 posted on 05/17/2005 9:54:07 AM PDT by AdamSelene235 (Truth has become so rare and precious she is always attended to by a bodyguard of lies.)
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To: AdamSelene235

So if I tell everyone I look just like Hallie Berry will it be so?!!!!!!! There's logic!


4 posted on 05/17/2005 9:55:07 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: AdamSelene235

Fine, I'll self-identify myself as a super-model. Now's where's my check????


5 posted on 05/17/2005 9:55:38 AM PDT by Millee (So you're a feminist......isn't that cute??)
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To: AdamSelene235

"That means that by about June 21, the inquiry committee will be called upon to decide by simple majority vote whether sufficient credible evidence exists to warrant a full investigation by the faculty's full standing committee, on any or all of the allegations."

They're still INVESTIGATING this loser? For heaven's sake, CU, just bite the bullet and fire him, and get back to what you're supposed to be doing. Whatever that is.


6 posted on 05/17/2005 9:55:43 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: AdamSelene235
One, Lane said, is how a person self-identifies.

I'm a prince!

A second method is through community acceptance and recognition.

My drinking buddy says I'm a prince!

Enrollment in a tribe is a third qualification

I have drinking buddies who think they're princes too!!!

7 posted on 05/17/2005 9:59:32 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Electricity: the high priest of false security.)
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To: AdamSelene235

Isn't this guys 15 minutes about up?


8 posted on 05/17/2005 10:01:54 AM PDT by txkev
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To: AdamSelene235

"His attorney, David Lane, said a response of more than 50 pages, single-spaced, was delivered to a committee representative Monday afternoon."

This idiotic phony is a windbag in print too.


9 posted on 05/17/2005 10:06:08 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: AdamSelene235

"He responded to everything, including the absolutely unconstitutional inquiry into his ethnicity," Lane said.



He obtained his position by claiming to be a Native American; granted this should have been investigated BEFORE hiring; but it is not unconstitutional.


10 posted on 05/17/2005 10:06:29 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan ("My Friends we did it....we made a difference. ...All in all not bad, not bad at all." Pres. Reagan)
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To: AdamSelene235

Here's Churchill's palagerism defense:

I was thinking those words long before they ever wrote them so they're the ones who should be charged with palagerism! (and I'm an Indian too!)


11 posted on 05/17/2005 10:06:49 AM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: AdamSelene235

Churchhill's quite a pantload. Anyone can see that.


12 posted on 05/17/2005 10:08:02 AM PDT by Bullish
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To: AdamSelene235

Since Mr Churchills pedigree was a major part of the basis for his hiring it is germaine to the discussion.

He lied about being an authentic American Indian.

He plagarized several academic works. That he did so is apparent when your read the works he copied or see the art he copied.

The wheels must grind slow and fine in order to fire a tenured professor.

He will be fired before the next school year starts.


13 posted on 05/17/2005 10:12:03 AM PDT by Pylot
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To: AdamSelene235

"One, Lane said, is how a person self-identifies. Churchill has identified himself as an Indian - by at least one recent account - since he was 10.

A second method is through community acceptance and recognition. Churchill points to the passionate rally around him by American Indians, including actor/activist Russell Means, during his speaking engagement on the CU campus Feb. 8, as evidence of meeting that test."

Sounds like bs...
But ok...when I was 10 I told everyone I was an alien from outer space! And my mom said come on, alien, sit down and eat...
So I self identified and had community acceptance...therefore, I am an alien from space.

Who knew?


14 posted on 05/17/2005 10:19:47 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: Pylot
Poor ole Kawliga, he never got a kiss,
Poor ole Kawliga, he don't know what he missed.
15 posted on 05/17/2005 10:21:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (His heart was made of knotty pine)
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To: Pylot

Your mouth, to the ear of the Divine.


16 posted on 05/17/2005 10:26:06 AM PDT by Donald Meaker
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To: AdamSelene235

Soooooo, what was the fourth point (upon which American Indian status can be legally claimed)?
Actually having an Indian ancestor?
Man, they're strict . . .


17 posted on 05/17/2005 10:45:29 AM PDT by tumblindice (white man speak with forked tongue)
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To: LYSandra

Post your pic..let us judge...LOL


18 posted on 05/17/2005 10:47:50 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have kids ASAP to pass on her gene pool..any volunteers?)
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To: Adder
I perfer the the spin,

"Enrollment in a tribe is a third qualification Churchill cites to CU - the "smoking gun" in Lane's words. Specifically, Churchill points to the associate membership awarded him in 1994 by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Tahlequah, Okla.

http://www.pirateballerina.com/files/Is_he_or_isnt_he.htm
has more info and links to other stories.

19 posted on 05/17/2005 10:52:23 AM PDT by onef
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To: AdamSelene235

If he were a true academic, he'd know that you always double space your papers. :-)


20 posted on 05/17/2005 12:23:20 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: MarineBrat

LOL.....Very good! You have proven that one does not need to be long winded to make their point and make it well.


21 posted on 05/17/2005 12:23:34 PM PDT by commonasdirt
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To: AdamSelene235

I have one basic question: Did he write these things, say these things as an employee of the university? If so, I don't think the 1st Amendment applies at all. IIRC, the byline of the essay included something like "Ward Churchill is professor of American Indian Studies at UC Boulder," so I would think he was doing it as a public employee.


22 posted on 05/17/2005 2:18:26 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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Does he think quotas, affirmative action, minority contract requirements, "diversity" officers and minority-based scholarships are unconstitutional as well?


23 posted on 05/17/2005 4:01:43 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: AdamSelene235

bookmk ping


24 posted on 05/17/2005 11:25:10 PM PDT by Dad yer funny
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