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Cherokee Nation demands apology for tomahawk chops
Boston Herald ^ | September 26, 2012 | Chris Cassidy

Posted on 09/26/2012 10:24:33 AM PDT by billorites

A top Cherokee official demanded today that U.S. Sen. Scott Brown apologize for his campaign staff’s “uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal” of Native Americans in an online video shot at a campaign event in Dorchester over the weekend.

“The Cherokee Nation is disappointed in and denounces the disrespectful actions of staffers and supporters of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a statement. “The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse. The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples.”

At least one Brown campaign staffer and one GOP operative have been identified in the video, which was shot by the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

“A campaign that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions,” Baker said.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren yesterday said she was “appalled” by the video and that if her staff members had done such a thing, there would be “serious consequences.”

Brown said yesterday morning he hadn’t yet seen the video but added that things like that had no place in the campaign. He added that the real insult to Native Americans was when Warren checked a box claiming minority status as a law professor despite not having any documentation to back up her claims of Cherokee ancestry.

The Brown campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

Baker, the Cherokee chief, was also unavailable for an interview. But in the statement, he said he has an obligation to condemn acts that show disrespect to his people.

“The Cherokee Nation is a modern, productive society, and I am blessed to be their chief,” Baker said. “I will not be silent when individuals mock and insult our people and our great nation.”

The statement did not mention Warren or her Cherokee ancestry claims.

“We need individuals in the United States Senate who respect Native Americans and have an understanding of tribal issues,” Baker said. “For that reason, I call upon Sen. Brown to apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples.”


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1 posted on 09/26/2012 10:24:35 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

Hey Chief Baker - Fox Oscar. Make some more biscuits.


2 posted on 09/26/2012 10:26:17 AM PDT by jagusafr (Never apologize for speaking the truth)
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To: billorites

Scott, whatever you do, don’t apologize.

I hate phony apologies and I really hate phony outrage.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 10:26:31 AM PDT by marron
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To: billorites

If the Cherokee Nation is offended, then they MUST acknowledge the claim that Warren is legit.

I’d say the Brown campaign should go smoke-um peace pipe with the red men.

Ugh!


4 posted on 09/26/2012 10:27:15 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: billorites

IOW—Cherokee Nation comes out for Warren.


5 posted on 09/26/2012 10:28:35 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: billorites
If you make "woo woo woo" part of your culture then you should expect some ribbing.

6 posted on 09/26/2012 10:28:54 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: billorites

Go to badeagle.com and see what a real American Indian thinks of this crap. Dr. Yeagley has written extensively on all things “conservative” and quite a bit on the mascot thing.


7 posted on 09/26/2012 10:30:04 AM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: billorites

attempting to create another ‘macaca’ moment out of thin air, I see.


8 posted on 09/26/2012 10:30:07 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: billorites
A top Cherokee official demanded today that U.S. Sen. Scott Brown apologize for his campaign staff’s “uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal” of Native Americans in an online video shot at a campaign event in Dorchester over the weekend.

Do what he says Scott before he tickles you to death with his headdress.

9 posted on 09/26/2012 10:30:14 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: billorites

Hey, chief, kiss the phony squaw on her high cheek bone.


10 posted on 09/26/2012 10:31:32 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: billorites

Kiss off! Go complain to the Atlanta Braves first.


11 posted on 09/26/2012 10:31:32 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: billorites

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2936528/posts


12 posted on 09/26/2012 10:32:02 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: billorites
Did someone say Cherokee Nation?
13 posted on 09/26/2012 10:32:12 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: billorites
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/12/nation/la-na-cherokee-20111012 ~ Baker is on the side of the black Cherokees in the dispute over their right to be Cherokees, and Smith was on the other side and wanted to curb their tribal rights.

Answering my own question on a different thread about the Cherokee getting all weepy and sensitive about the tomahawk chop and such.

It's pretty obvious there's been a massive lurch to the left and the Cherokee no longer care if they're considered Indians or Democrats.

14 posted on 09/26/2012 10:33:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: billorites

Talk to the Atlanta Braves and Washington Redskins.


15 posted on 09/26/2012 10:33:25 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (ZERO DARK THIRTY (coming soon to an embassy near you))
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To: marron
Brown said yesterday morning he hadn’t yet seen the video but added that things like that had no place in the campaign.

Looks like he already did apologize in a perfect RINO way.

16 posted on 09/26/2012 10:33:41 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: I see my hands

Woo woo!

17 posted on 09/26/2012 10:34:05 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

The Cherokee Nation should demand an apology from Elizabeth Warren for checking the “Native-American” box and thus taking a job away from a REAL “Indian”.

( I don’t approve of Quotas. I AM a “Real Indian” and I have NEVER checked that box as a matter of principle!)


18 posted on 09/26/2012 10:34:18 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: billorites

Yeah. Everyone knows the Cherokee didn’t use tomahawks.


19 posted on 09/26/2012 10:34:28 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: billorites
A very old, wise native american (Seneca) don't me that they don't disipline their kids...it's drugs and drink...and they don't like to work either.

Another friend went to Alaska....where the natives sit around and collect their "lease" checks. They all have a big jeep, snowmoble and CHOOSE to live in shacks. No incentive.

Here...off the reservation....we call them the 47%.

20 posted on 09/26/2012 10:35:31 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: billorites
If I were Cherokee, I'd demand an apology from the fraud that hustled benefits that "belong" to American Indians.

Cherokee, pffttt, no wonder they were relocated

21 posted on 09/26/2012 10:36:04 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: MNnice

Blow guns?


22 posted on 09/26/2012 10:36:14 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: billorites

I am very aware and proud of my Swedish, German, English, Scottish, Welsh and who knows what else heritage. Do I get upset by Hagar the Horrible cartoons or jokes about what is worn under kilts? No, of course not.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the more ashamed of their heritage a “peoples” are, the more sensitive they are about it. Why are Indians ashamed? Well, they lost. I guess that’s it.


23 posted on 09/26/2012 10:37:31 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: billorites

Amazing what a couple of bottles of fire water will get for you.


24 posted on 09/26/2012 10:37:41 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: billorites

That has to be the Oklahoma branch of Cherokees. The Eastern bunch has pride of self and a sense of humor.


25 posted on 09/26/2012 10:37:45 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: billorites

Google Cherokee Indian tomahawks (images) and see what comes up.

If they don’t like the tomahawk chop why do they sell toy tomahawks?


26 posted on 09/26/2012 10:39:07 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: billorites

A tomahawk is a good tool and weapon. Where’s the offense?


27 posted on 09/26/2012 10:39:56 AM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: billorites

So they want an apology for the Tomahawk Chop? Tell you what, you’ll get one when you apologize for every white scalp your ancestors took and white girl you abducted and forced to bear your children

Shut the hell up, you were conquered a long time ago, get the hell over it.


28 posted on 09/26/2012 10:40:26 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: MNnice

29 posted on 09/26/2012 10:41:03 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: eddie willers

“So proud to live, so proud to die......” “I’m still part redman deep inside”


30 posted on 09/26/2012 10:41:38 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: billorites

Shut up, Redskin!

Your forefathers invented the ‘tomahawk’ chop when they hacked the scalps off our forefathers.

Luckily the cavalry came by and decimated your ranks.

Your ‘tribe’ are owned nothing!


31 posted on 09/26/2012 10:43:21 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: billorites

Cherokee people!!!
Cherokee Triiiiiiibe!!!!

Is that going to cause them to storm an embassy?


32 posted on 09/26/2012 10:43:27 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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So they want an apology for the Tomahawk Chop? Tell you what, you’ll get one when you apologize for every white scalp your ancestors took and white girl you abducted and forced to bear your children

Shut the hell up, you were conquered a long time ago, get the hell over it.


33 posted on 09/26/2012 10:43:54 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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I’m part Cherokee, too, Baker. Kiss my arse!!!!! You are offended because you are a lying, stinkin’ leftist DemocRAT!!!!!


34 posted on 09/26/2012 10:45:30 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: billorites

They were making fun of Paleface Lizzy, not the Cherokees. Just one Democrat trying to help out another Democrat. You want to be mad, Chief, be mad at Paleface Lizzy. She took money meant for a real Indian.


35 posted on 09/26/2012 10:50:07 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: billorites

This is becoming Macaca 2.0. (at least in that case the candidate himself actually said it).

Say Hello to our First Fake White Indian Senator.


36 posted on 09/26/2012 10:50:35 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: billorites

This phony political correctness just ensures that the left always has something to be outraged about, and it’s a shame that our side plays their game.


37 posted on 09/26/2012 10:50:51 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: billorites

Can I ask since when did Indians get exclusive rights to that gesture?


38 posted on 09/26/2012 10:56:07 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: mrsmel

Cherokee are going to murder and riot... Oh wait they did!

Screw them!!!


39 posted on 09/26/2012 10:57:09 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: billorites
Speaking as someone who actually can trace his ancestry on his father's side to a specific 19th century member of the Cherokee Tribe: Chief Baker should lighten up and Ms. Warren should kiss my a**.
40 posted on 09/26/2012 11:01:50 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: eddie willers
That has to be the Oklahoma branch of Cherokees

Yeah, it's the Talequah Cherokees.

I've worked for and with a number of Cherokees. They are fine people.

41 posted on 09/26/2012 11:03:42 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: billorites

Obviously he has never been to an Atlanta Braves game..................


42 posted on 09/26/2012 11:07:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: billorites
Cherokee Chief Baker takes call from advance scout Fauxcohantus.


43 posted on 09/26/2012 11:08:46 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: katana
I say if the rule is that no one but a member of a group can speak for, gesture for, or in any way represent that group, then the same should hold true for whites. Right now we are the only group as a race for whom every other group can tell is what our words really mean, what we're really thinking, etc. Everyone gets to tell us what we said and we what we meant, and they do parse it fine.
44 posted on 09/26/2012 11:12:02 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: billorites

I’m half Cherokee. I say that it’s ok.

Move along.

:)


45 posted on 09/26/2012 11:15:21 AM PDT by Noamie
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:: The Cherokee Nation is disappointed in and denounces the disrespectful actions of staffers and supporters of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown ::

The Brown Campaign should simply respond:

“The gestures are not and were not intended to mimic or diminish any activity the Cherokee Nation considers its heritage.

To our knowledge, the simulated “tomahawk chop” and “war whoops” are not a remanant or current symbol of the Cherokee Nation. We await to be corrected that these activities WERE?ARE part of the Cherokee Nation heritage, at which point we will release a statement.”


46 posted on 09/26/2012 11:16:29 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Ole Okie
I've worked for and with a number of Cherokees. They are fine people.

I remember when I was just a wee tad, going to the Reservation up in North Carolina with my dad and enjoying a wonderful evening under the stars watching "Unto These Hills".

47 posted on 09/26/2012 11:22:46 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: MNnice
"Yeah. Everyone knows the Cherokee didn’t use tomahawks."

Well they used to, but nowadays they use One Arm Bandits to scalp the white man.

48 posted on 09/26/2012 11:27:12 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Born to Conserve
Well, they lost. I guess that’s it.

I think it has more to do with the fact that they didn't consent to the contest in the first place. I have lived on the Navajo reservation for an extended period of time and gotten to know a great many natives there. We might not like to admit it, but they have a strong case. Most of their population killed in wars they did not start, their land stolen in the name of manifest destiny, marched to internment camps like Fort Sumner, and finally herded into worthless pieces of land we call reservations. They absolutely have the right to be bitter.

49 posted on 09/26/2012 11:32:04 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: billorites
“The Cherokee Nation is a modern, productive society, and I am blessed to be their chief,”

That's a big Nerp!

Looks like they've evolved into nothing more than a bunch of crybaby whiners who are dependent on government handouts.

50 posted on 09/26/2012 11:34:40 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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