Washington, DC. The National Congress of American Indians has expressed outrage at former Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's recent remarks made this weekend in an interview with WorldNetDaily. Said Mr. Gingrich:
"Indians are an invented people. There is no such thing as 'American Indians.' They never even called themselves 'Indians' until Christopher Columbus mistakenly believed he was in the West Indies and called them Indians. In fact, they are not 'Native Americans' either as they are not from North America, but from Asia, having migrated to the continent in the last ice age by a land bridge in the Bering Strait. If they don't like being here they should go back to China."
Asked if they intend to pursue a formal protest, NCAI president Jefferson Keel said that it was unlikely, but that this sort of revisionist history was unhelpful and hurtful to Native Americans.
"As we say in Chickasaw, 'Himmaka' nittakookano hattak yokasht toksalicha'nikat ki'yo. Hattak
mómakat ittíllawwi bíyyi'kacha nanna
mómaka ittibaachaffa'hitok.' This means 'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.' But Newt Gingrich is a shithead."
© 2011 Kona Lowell