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Political Deafness & ‘Crazy Indians’ Indian – Country

by ahnationtalk on August 15, 2016860 Views

August 14, 2016

In response to a question from ABC’s Jake Tapper in April, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton flippantly stated, “I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak.” Her comment was followed by an apology from her national political director, Amanda Renteria, who stated “Hillary Clinton meant no disrespect to Native Americans. She wants this election to be about lifting people up, not tearing them down.”

But the phrase has historically been used to reach that exact outcome – to tear people down. On April 10, 1872, during a debate on the Senate floor, Senator Stewart referred to Indians who “go off the reservation” as criminals who “steal from the whites” and their tribes as willing accomplices to “robbers and murderers.”

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