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