NCAI Takes a Stand Against Political Attacks
Misappropriating Native Culture
Published June 29, 2016
SPOKANE – American Indians are the point of outrage over the repeateded usage of Indian war whoops at Donald Trump rallies. Non-native people feel as if American Indians are fair fodder to make a point about Elizabeth Warren’s claims to American Indian ancestry.
Most recently, a video has surfaced featuring radio personality Howie Carr conducting a war whoop while on the podium at a presidential rally.
Today, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country, is taking a formal stand against politicians degrading Native culture on the national political stage.
The increase of cultural appropriation of Native American culture and tradition has reached its highest point in recent political history with attacks by candidates throughout debates, rallies, and live broadcast appearances.
“We are outraged at the lack of cultural sensitivity and ignorance being portrayed as the race towards the White House continues,” said Jackie Pata, NCAI Executive Director. “This is not a fight about political correctness, but rather a matter of respect for our people, our lands, our governments, and our youth.”
NCAI is hosting its 2016 Mid Year Conference & Tradeshow in Spokane, Washington this week. In attendance are tribal leaders and Native youth from across the country.
“Our Native youth are sacred to us,” said NCAI President Brian Cladoosby. “Just today, the NCAI Youth Commission launched a #CultureMatters social media campaign, and in the same afternoon their culture is degraded by those who want to be the future leaders of this country. This is between right and wrong – and this is wrong – as Native people we cannot standby and continue to let our culture and our youth be exposed to negative representation, no matter where it comes from. We are strong, we are resilient.”
Later today, Pata and Cladoosby will be releasing a #CultureMatters public service announcement via the NCAI YouTube. To show your support please tweet, post, and snap out the hashtag #CultureMatters with the imagelinked here.
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