Other fact-checking sites, including Snopes, PolitiFact and FactCheck, had already debunked the article after it appeared last year. "Lol. I think that has been floating around the Internet for a while," noted one prominent tribal citizen, who is of American Indian and Indian descent. But it turns out there might be a good reason to bring up The Postillion again. According to Snopes and PolitiFact, "Native" websites like WeLoveNative.com and NativeAmericans.news eagerly promoted the Trump deportation story last year.
Back in April 2017, PolitiFact noted that both of those sites were registered in Kosovo -- a territory in Europe, far from Indian Country. Yet it wasn't until this month, amid heightened focus on the use of social media to spread disinformation in America, that Media Matters got Facebook to take down a series of "Native" pages that reached more than 3.8 million people. Those fake pages, which bore names like "Native Americans Proud" and "Pawnee Native Americans" and featured stereotypical and vague images of Native people, all originated in Kosovo, Media Matters discovered. WeLoveNative.com and NativeAmericans.news are not serving any content at the moment. Archived versions of their sites indicate they ran posts about the #NoDAPL movement and the "real reason why Native Americans keep their hair long." The Postillion is still alive and kicking. "Trump proposes arming guns so they can defend themselves against being used in school shootings," reads a new story. It's not real.