Sioux Leader Tells Trump, ‘Leave The Office You Bought and Take Your Swamp Things With You’

(EnviroNews Politics Desk) — Washington D.C. — “Leave the office you bought and take your swamp things with you.” That was the demand put forth by Harold Frazier, Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, to President Donald J. Trump, following more controversial remarks about Native Americans, at an event organized to honor World War II Code Talkers from the Navajo Nation.

The episode took place November 27, 2017, at the White House, and it didn’t take the President long to ramp up the rhetoric with yet another restoration of his “Pocahontas” slur, taking one more political swipe at Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in what Frazier called a “disgusting” treatment of WWII veterans in the worst possible forum.

“The President of the United States had an opportunity to honor veterans and bridge gaps in the relationship Tribes have with the federal government,” Frazier said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “Instead, he chose to disgrace himself, his position and the nation he represents.”

Trump’s attempt at humor registered an epic fail as he told Code Talkers during the event, ″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 ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

Former Marine Michael Smith, whose father, Samuel “Jesse” Smith Sr., was a Code Talker, weighed in on the President’s remarks as well. “Isn’t that unfortunate that the legacy of these men can’t be paramount over the statement ― a derogatory statement, I felt ― that Mr. Trump made about a senator,” Smith told HuffPost.

Adding severity to the slap in the face was Trump’s choice of backdrop for the event: a portrait of President Andrew Jackson — a man despised by Native Americans across the board for his signing of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which led to the dismally tragic Trail of Tears. Jackson, nicknamed “Indian Killer,” is even said to have made horse reins from the skins of Native American men. Some Native Americans have boycotted the twenty-dollar bill entirely due to their disdain for Jackson, yet Trump seems to enjoy being photographed with ol’ “Indian Killer” behind him, as he has commonly used this theme in photo-shoots and keeps Jackson’s portrait right beside his desk in the Oval Office.


So far, Trump has remained silent in regards to the outpouring of condemnation following Monday’s event. While the President might be staying quiet, Warren isn’t, and responded to Trump’s comments on MSNBC in an interview with Ali Veshi saying, “It is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur, but Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he’s going to shut me up with it,” Warren said. “It hasn’t worked in the past. It is not going to work in the future.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Warren’s response “ridiculous” adding, “I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career.”

Frazier also took the opportunity to shine light on the recent and explosive revelations of widespread sexual harassment and assault, reminding people Pocahontas was herself a victim of this kind of abuse. “What happened to Pocahontas is still happening today to our women,” Frazier said. “Native American women continue to be victims of rape and exploitation by white men. The President of the United States is practicing that by exploiting native women as an insult for political machismo.”

Following the event, the National Congress of American Indians asked Trump “to refrain from using [Pocahontas’] name in a way that denigrates her legacy.”

“The President of the United States wanted to utilize an opportunity to honor native warriors who defended this land to make a political attack,” Frazier continued in his statement to HuffPost. “I have one for him, leave the office you bought and take your swamp things with you.”

Trump’s History of Racist Comments Against Native Americans

Below you may read Frazier’s full statement to the Huffington Post demanding Trump’s resignation.

I am deeply ashamed of the way the President of the United States has treated the veterans during an honoring ceremony at the White House. Veterans are brave heroes who sacrificed everything, despite the historical trauma to tribal nations, when asked to defend the United States. Absolutely nothing should have taken away from honoring the veterans for their contributions to the war that ensured the American way of life.

The President of the United States had an opportunity to honor veterans and bridge gaps in the relationship Tribes have with the Federal government. Instead, he chose to disgrace himself, his position and the nation he represents. It has been more than 200 years of living together yet the President of the United States knows nothing about us. We have been forced to learn the way of the American life. We have learned American religions, language, economy, politics and society. We all share in following the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A dream that all of those things we learn about, try to keep us from achieving. The President’s comments are another reminder that we are not allowed to participate.

Pocahontas was only a child when she became a victim of rape, kidnapping, imprisonment, and her forced conversion to Christianity. What happened to Pocahontas is still happening today to our women. Native American women continue to be victims of rape and exploitation by white men. The President of the United States is practicing that by exploiting native women as an insult for political machismo. Pocahontas is beloved by native people and is recognized as a victim of European colonialism. To use her name in that manner is disgusting and reflective of the President of the United States’ ignorance.

This President of the United States does not deserve to represent the American people if he cannot acknowledge the contributions of the people who make America great. The President of the United States has shown no responsibility when caring for American resources or the people. An apology is in order for the warriors that were present, to the native nations and the United States for his behavior. The President of the United States wanted to utilize an opportunity to honor native warriors who defended this land to make a political attack. I have one for him, leave the office you bought and take your swamp things with you.