President's event to honor Navajo Code Talkers turns political

Members of Pascua Yaqui Tribe reacts to President's remarks

Fresno, Calif - Local Native Americans from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe were offended by the remarks made by President Trump.  

At a special White House event to honor a group at Navajo Code Talkers, the President decided to call Senator Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas.'

"You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time they call her 'Pocahontas,'" said President Trump.

The Navajo Code Talkers is a group of Native American Marines who were used to send encrypted messages during WW2.

There language could not be deciphered by the Japanese or Germans and helped Americans successfully carry our secret missions.

The local Native American community says instead of honoring them the President decided to play politics.

"The Navajo Code Talkers were disrespected, instead of honoring who they were, President Trump used that platform to criticize," said Josie Green of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.  

Green says the remark about Pocahontas is insulting.

She says Pocahontas was a teenager who was raped, striped of her culture, and everything she knew by American settlers.

"Instead of honoring Pocahontas for who she was, instead of learning from who she was, instead of really becoming part of the civilization here, they refused, they came with their own ideas and today Donald Trump remains part of the ancestral thinking," said Green.

Green's brother David Alvarez was inspired by the Navajo Code Talkers and did three tours in the Marines. He, too, was disappointed at the President's Pocahontas remark.

"I look up to those men," said Alvarez. This man who did this is not even a Veteran number one, and he's not Indian number two, and he does not speak the language number three, and he has no right to be speaking about our women.  

Alvarez sends this message to the President.

"Our language needs to be respected," said Alvarez.

Only thirteen Navajo Code Talkers are still alive today.

 


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