AFN responds to President Trump's 'Pocahontas' insult
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is reacting to what President Trump said during a ceremony honoring Native American Code Talkers of WWII.
President Trump's recent comments were directed at Senator Elizabeth Warren who he called Pocahontas.
"You were here long before any of us were here," the president told the crowd of veterans on Monday. "Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas."
AFN responded to his remarks in a statement Tuesday:
"President Trump’s remarks were disrespectful to the honoring of our veterans’ service. Native peoples serve in the Armed Forces at a higher rate than any other group in the country and have served in every war in this nation’s history. AFN calls upon President Donald Trump and his administration to recognize the harm it does to Americans, and we call upon the Alaska Congressional Delegation to join us in raising our concerns."
AFN is the largest statewide Native organization in the state. It was founded in 1966 with a mission to "enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community."
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the Alaska Federation of Natives.
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