Tuesday, February 22, 2005

People: Hawaii Reporter with a great up to date roundup of the Ward Churchill controversy including this bit from a press conference yesterday.

"When asked by Hawaii Reporter in a Feb. 21, 2005, press conference if he is American Indian, Churchill became enraged by the question, said it was irrelevant and would not answer. When pressed by Hawaii Reporter and other media present on the American Indian issue, Churchill called the question "racist," and asked if President George W. Bush should have to confirm he is white. When KITV Reporter Denby Fawcett said to Churchill, "We'll take that as a 'no,'" Churchill lunged at Fawcett shouting "What did you say?" Fawcett said since he would not answer "yes" and confirm his heritage, he must not be American Indian. In a fury, Churchill stormed away from reporters, ending the press conference. Moments later, he returned, saying reporters should do their homework and if they did, they would know he is in fact a member of the Keetoowah Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma -- he's told mainland reporters he is one-sixteenth Cherokee. He even said to check with the Rocky Mountain News. But a Feb. 3, 2005, article entitled "Prof's Indian roots disputed" in this publication documents Churchill's claims as false."

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