Thursday, May 19, 2005

Call it what it *really* is...

You have probably heard about the Colorado college professor, Ward Churchill, who teaches in Native American studies and has recently gained attention for his calling the victims of 9/11 "little Eichmanns" and for plagiarism in his essays. Yet Colorado University has failed to fire him, and more deceit has come to the forefront, with the Cherokee Nation's asserting that he has no Indian ancestry, as he claims, doing the tribe a further disservice with his dishonesty, especially as "director" of Native American studies, to which he is not even related. I'm probably more Cherokee than he is (3/16), and I haven't claimed Indian ancestry even for scholarships. This man has been a disgrace to both CU and the Cherokee tribe--only one has called him on his lies and his malicious spirit towards his fellow Americans. When will he be identified by his employer what he really is--a fraud?

Update: Well, it appears that the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians has announced that Churchill's ancestry is legitimate enough for his Associate Membership that they had awarded him, since he showed some geneological records indicating he is 1/16 Cherokee. However, since he didn't have a CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood), they could not make him a full member. However, even they remain displeased with his writings and comments that have consistently brought him negative attention, stating that "Mr. Churchill mocks the basic fundamental principles of Tribal Sovereignty when he consistently refers to enrollment as a 'pedigree' and compares enrollment to 'dogs' and 'Nazi policies."' Ever heard of biting the hand that feeds you?

Update: (9/10/05) Finally, a panel from the University of Colorado is calling for an investigation of Churchill for "research misconduct," which could lead to his dismissal. He faces charges of "plagiarism, misuse of others' work, and falsification and fabrication." It may not be his asinine comments that are getting him fired, but his unethical antics are finally catching up with him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m sure there is a Clintonesque ‘logical explanation’ – I can hear it now...
“Um – when I said I had descended from a Cherokee, I meant that I had just got down out of my Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV….”

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But he has such an Indian name! I saw 'Dances-with-Wolves' once. I think Ward Chuchill translates into Cherokee phonetically as 'Writes-with-Head-Up-Butt'

10:56 PM  

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