Native American lawmaker: Haven't heard back from GOP rep who called Warren 'Sacagawea'

Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandPark Service defends funds used to stay open during shutdown Ben Ray Luján to run for New Mexico Senate seat New Mexico Dems brace for crowded race to succeed Udall MORE (D-N.M.) says Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzOvernight Energy: Trump moves to crack down on Iranian oil exports | Florida lawmakers offer bill to ban drilling off state's coast | Bloomberg donates .5M to Paris deal Florida lawmakers offer bill to ban drilling off state's coast Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen MORE (R-Fla.) still has not responded to her offer to educate him on why his use of "Sacagawea" to describe Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenColbert links large 2020 Dem field to Avengers: 'A group of every available person in the universe' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE (D-Mass.), who claims Native American heritage, is offensive.

Gaetz used the term while appearing on Fox News last week, prompting Haaland, who recently became one of the first two Native American women in Congress, to invite him to meet with her so she could “share how such comments are a continuing assault on indigenous people.”


Appearing on CNN’s "New Day" Tuesday, Haaland said she had yet to hear back from Gaetz.

“We reached out on Saturday via email to members of his staff, my scheduler called yesterday and we haven’t heard anything,” Haaland said.

While Gaetz did not respond directly to Haaland, he took to Twitter to take a shot at another Democratic lawmaker, saying he was open to speaking if they could also bring Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibAmnesty International, lawmakers denounce Saudi executions: 'Appalling' Democrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment MORE (D-Mich.), who drew backlash for saying “we’re going to go in and impeach the mothef---er,” referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE.

“It's not about non-offensive language right now. Of course he used a racial slur and that’s getting a little old,” Haaland said in response to Gaetz’s tweet.

Haaland added that Gaetz should read about the history of Native Americans and the plights many of them still face.

“I think the last thing that Mr. Gaetz should be doing is using native women’s names as racial slurs. That doesn’t solve anything,” she said. “And we need to get back to solving the problems for real people in this country, like opening up the government.”

Gaetz did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill on whether he will meet with Haaland.