Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) with the infamous "talking stick." Image: CNN

Sorry but that 'talking stick' used in the Senate isn't Native American

A "talking stick" that became the talk of the media and certain corners of the internet isn't Native, The New York Times said in a correction to a widely-read story.

The paper relied on the words of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) when it first described the talking stick as Native in origin. But the stick was actually made by someone from the Masai people in Africa, according to the correction.

The stick was a gift from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), who is well known for her championing the causes of Native people. Its use is being credited for helping the Senate end the short-lived shutdown of the federal government.

The stick "was very helpful in making sure that everybody's voice got heard when we were doing the discussions in my office day, after day, after day," Collins said on CNN’s “New Day” program on Tuesday.

Read More on the Story:
With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown (The New York Times January 22, 2018)

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