The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Wednesday formally condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE in a statement for his “continued use of the name ‘Pocohantas’ as a slur” when referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year 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.”