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Washuta, who is a citizen of the Cowlitz Tribe, also told NPR that Alexie tried to lure her into a sexual encounter. She was a writing instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts, a congressionally chartered college in New Mexico, but felt uncomfortable because Alexie was also working there and was particularly prominent -- up until last week, a scholarship was named after him. "I'm not a part of it," Washuta told NPR, referring to IAIA. "And that feels so lonely. I'm incredibly sad about it." Prior to the publication of a story on Indianz.Com last Wednesday about the allegations, Alexie did not respond to inquiries about his actions. It was only later in the day did he issue a blanket apology.
"There are women telling the truth about my behavior," Alexie admitted in the statement, which was issued late in the evening. But he said he had "no recollection of physically or verbally threatening anybody or their careers," as some have alleged. "I have made poor decisions and I am working hard to become a healthier man who makes healthier decisions," he added. Alexie is descended from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the Spokane Tribe. He grew up on the Spokane Reservation in Washington. Read More on the Story:
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