The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Wednesday formally condemned President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE in a statement for his “continued use of the name ‘Pocohantas’ as a slur” when referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE (D-Mass.).
“NCAI condemns the President’s continued use of the name ‘Pocahontas’ as an insult for political gain,” NCAI CEO Kevin Allis said in the statement. “Not only does it disrespect Pocahontas’ legacy and life, it likens her name to a slur.”
Allis referenced numerous slurs Native people have faced for hundreds of years “that the forces of racism and intolerance deploy to dehumanize our people, mock our cultures, and interfere with our inherent right to control our own lands and destinies.”
He added that those terms “dismiss our rightful place as this country’s First Americans, and ignore the immense contributions that tribal nations and peoples have made and continue to make to America.”
Trump has frequently referred to Warren as “Pocahontas,” seizing on the 2020 candidate’s previous claim of Native American heritage.
Warren took a test last year that demonstrated she was between 1/64th and 1/1028th Native American and has since apologized multiple times for the confusion caused when she identified herself as Native American.
Trump swiped at Warren again Wednesday while complaining that the media gave too much coverage to her crowd size at recent campaign events.
Trump earlier this month promised to “revive” the nickname he refers to Warren as, doing so as she climbs in the polls.
The statement from NCAI concluded with a call to all Americans to "denounce the continued use of such terms and the sentiments they express.”