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

Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandSnoop Dogg says US women's soccer team deserves same pay as 'sorry ass' men's team Bipartisan House duo unveils amendment to block Iran strike without Congress's approval Native American groups press Congress to rescind Wounded Knee medals MORE (D-N.M.) says Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid House and Senate head for showdown on must-pass defense bill Social media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech 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 WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate 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 TlaibScaramucci calls Trump tweets 'racist and unacceptable' House Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Black Caucus leader calls Trump's attacks on minority lawmakers 'despicable' MORE (D-Mich.), who drew backlash for saying “we’re going to go in and impeach the mothef---er,” referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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.