Audio: Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on stereotypes
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Senate Indian Affairs
held a hearing this afternoon on racist stereotypes and their
impact on indigenous people.
The hearing lasted about 1.5 hours. Nearly every witness addressed the U.S. military's use of Geronimo as a codename for the mission against Osama bin Laden.
"For him to be compared to a terrorist," activist Suzan Shown Harjo said of the famed Apache warrior, "is shocking."
Sen. Tom Udall
(D-New Mexico), who chaired the hearing, added his voice to the objections. He asked the Department of Defense
to clarify the use of the codename but was told that no information could be released due to military protocol.
"I find the association of Geronimo with Osama bin Laden to be highly inappropriate and culturally insensitive," Udall said at the onset of the hearing.
Audio of the hearing can be downloaded below:
Opening Statement (6:07)
Panel # 1
Testimony (21:59) |
The Honorable Tex Hall
Chairman, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara
Nation, and Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association
Ms. Suzan Shown
President, The Morning Star Institute
Professor, Institute of American Indian Arts
Panel # 2
Testimony (25:42) |
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona
Mr. Chaske Spencer
Actor/ Producer and Partner, Urban Dream
Mr. Jim Warne
President, Warrior Society Development
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