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

Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandHaaland: It's 'exhausting' to keep up with Trump's 'ignorance and racism' for Native Americans Dems call for 'strategic investments' while touring southern border Trump gets dose of new political reality at State of the Union MORE (D-N.M.) says Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Parkland parents create anti-gun violence Valentine’s Day candies: ‘Don’t shoot,’ ‘he’s gone’ House conservatives blast border deal, push Trump to use executive power 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 WarrenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary 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 TlaibFuror over Omar puts spotlight on AIPAC Democratic voters more opposed to border deal's provisions than Republicans Ocasio-Cortez, other progressive freshmen to oppose border bill MORE (D-Mich.), who drew backlash for saying “we’re going to go in and impeach the mothef---er,” referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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.