February 03, 2005
On the Scent
Welcome Instapundit Visitors! There's a lot about Ward of the State U, but a lot else, as well. Take a look around.
You have no idea how much I wanted to title this "On the warpath," but keep reading and you'll see what happens to people who the Oneida think are mocking them...
Indian Country Today is now on the story, and let's just say the wannabe Mr. Churchill isn't making any friends among the more authentic Indians:
The Oneida Indian Nation, which has historic ties to nearby Hamilton, issued the following statement:
Oh, that's good, Ward. Pick a fight with a tribe that buys ink by the barrel.
...Churchill has long been a divisive and somewhat feared figure in Indian country, especially among his former colleagues in the American Indian Movement. Some prominent activists involved in earlier confrontations have devoted a great deal of energy to investigating his claim to be an American Indian himself and have found no evidence to support it.
So let's get this straight. Churchill loves the American Indian so much he wants to be one, then pretends to be one, and may now actually himself believe that he is Indian. He uses this status to preach hatred, pretending to speak for American Indians as an Indian. Prior to that, he deceived literally dozens of people into thinking that he was not only an Indian scholar, but an scholar Indian, while taking revenge on actual Indians who questioned his bona fides.
You know, I take it all back. This guy may just be dumb enough to be an academic.
UPDATE 2: Looks as though the school administration may be playing the role of Adult Supervision:
University of Colorado administrators Thursday took the first steps toward a possible dismissal of a professor who likened World Trade Center victims to a notorious Nazi.
Churchill's assertions aside, tenure is not kryptonite-proof. There is a process for revoking it, and it's not at all clear that once an investigation is started, it has to stick to his 9/11 drippings. Thirty days can be a long, long time.Posted by joshuasharf at February 3, 2005 02:58 PM | TrackBack