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‘The Navajo People are not strangers to the prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization perpetrated by

western culture..’

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty released the following

statement in response to remarks made by President Trump today at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers:

“Today’s careless comment from President Trump is the latest example of systemic, deep-seated ignorance of

Native Americans and our intrinsic right to exist and practice our ways of life. The intentional disregard of the

historical trauma of Pocahontas as a sexual assault survivor directly resulting from colonization is disturbing.

“The Navajo People are not strangers to the prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization perpetrated by

western culture. Our woman and children are targets of violence. We must speak out against such ignorance in

every instance, in hopes for a better future for our children and our land.

“I must respond to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ flat-out denial of this racial slur,

dismissing the tangible and egregious impact pejoratives have on Indigenous people. I must respond to

President Trump’s remark today referencing Pocahontas. With due respect, it is problematic for the president

use this term in the manner we heard today. It diminishes the experience of Pocahontas and is totally

inappropriate. The reckless appropriation of this term is deeply offensive and dangerous to the sovereignty

and identity of our peoples. Such rhetoric is damaging, and it a serious infringement of our right to live as

Native Americans.

“The Navajo Code Talkers are not pawns to advance a personal grudge, or promote false narratives. Such

pandering dishonors the sacrifice of our national heroes. Let me be clear, such antics do not change the fact of

history. Indigenous peoples’ disparate socioeconomic issues are a direct result of this false narrative, and we

cannot sit idly by as the citizens of the United States and our Indigenous children are gas-lighted from this

terrible truth.

“We honor and respect the Navajo Code Talkers, and we are proud of their sacrifice. Let us not allow this

display of immaturity and short-sightedness distract us from the important issues we advocate for collectively

as sovereign nations on this continent, but continue to advance the cause and secure the future of Indigenous

people in America.” p/r issued by the Navajo Nation Council.

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