George Miller III

Trump's 'Pocahontas' swipe raises the long history of problems between the government and Native Americans

Trump's 'Pocahontas' swipe raises the long history of problems between the government and Native Americans

When President Trump called Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” this week during a ceremony honoring Navajo war veterans, he didn’t just ignite a controversy over whether he used a racial slur against an opponent.

Trump also reopened a broader conversation about the federal government’s uneasy relationship with, and abusive treatment of, Native Americans. It’s a history that included mass killings and efforts to strip tribes of their land, language and culture. More recently conflicts have shifted to cultural and legal fights over property rights, mascots and and casinos.

“Trump is not alone in making insensitive comments or doing insensitive or downright horrible...

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