Thursday, May 19, 2005

Churchill says he is an Indian, tribe says no.

Politics: Ward Churchill is hilarious, you have the tribe saying you are not an Indian and he is saying whatever, you are the liar.

By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News May 19, 2005 University of Colorado ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill on Wednesday blasted as "categorically untrue" a statement from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians that his claim to membership in the tribe is fraudulent. In an escalating war of words between the professor and the Tahlequah, Okla.-based Cherokee band, to whom he has long staked his status as an American Indian, Churchill said the tribe has the right "to disenroll me. . . . What it does not have a right to do is falsify history at its own convenience." Churchill also said he hasn't been notified that he has been disenrolled. "Therefore," he said, "I cannot reasonably be accused of 'fraud' for having represented myself (as being enrolled)." Tribal spokeswoman Marilyn Craig said she would be sending Churchill a copy of Chief George Wickliffe's statement disavowing his membership. "I want to settle this thing, once and for all," Craig said.

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