Thursday, May 19, 2005

Nah, we don't know him 

One hole that's been opened up in the Ward Churchill case is that his claim of Cherokee membershipis fraudulent, at least according to the tribal leadership.
"The United Keetoowah Band would like to make it clear that Mr. Churchill IS NOT a member of the Keetoowah Band and was only given an honorary 'associate membership' in the early 1990s because he could not prove any Cherokee ancestry."

The tribe said that all of Churchill's "past, present and future claims or assertions of Keetoowah 'enrollment,' written or spoken, including but not limited to; biographies, curriculum vitae, lectures, applications for employment, or any other reference not listed herein, are deemed fraudulent by the United Keetoowah Band."
The tribe also says that his honorary associate membership was in return for Churchill writing a history of the tribe, which it says he never did. It considers Churchill's remarks about 9/11 "offensive".

(H/T: reader jw)

UPDATE (5/20): Churchill of course thinks they're wrong, but the tribe is standing fast.