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Kipp Jones, The Western Journal February 23, 2021 0 Comments

The chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma is demanding that Jeep drop the name of the tribe from its popular Cherokee line of sports utility vehicles.

In a statement to Car and Driver, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said Jeep should “honor” the Cherokee people by learning about the tribe’s history and should no longer use the name of the Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based tribe and its people on its vehicles.

“I’m sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car,” Hoskin, a Democrat who won a contentious 2019 tribal election, told the outlet.

“The best way to honor us is to learn about our sovereign government, our role in this country, our history, culture, and language and have meaningful dialogue with federally recognized tribes on cultural appropriateness,” the chief added.

Also in the interview, Hoskin expressed his displeasure with all companies using Native American names and imagery, especially in sports.

“I think we’re in a day and age in this country where it’s time for both corporations and team sports to retire the use of Native American names, images and mascots from their products, team jerseys and sports in general,” Chief Hoskin said in his statement.

Jeep publicly responded to the Cherokee Nation chief executive’s complaint by vowing to continue a dialogue with the tribe over the issue. No commitment was made to move away from the name.

“Our vehicle names have been carefully chosen and nurtured over the years to honor and celebrate Native American people for their nobility, prowess, and pride. We are, more than ever, committed to a respectful and open dialogue with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.,” the company told Car and Driver.

Jeep Cherokee SUVs have been on the road since 1974, and newer models offer a wide array of options for drivers who enjoy going off-road while not surrendering luxury and comfort.

The complaint from Hoskin comes amid a nationwide lashing-out at corporate America regarding race and products. Last year saw major corporations change products that were deemed by critics to be racist or racially insensitive. But members of the Cherokee Nation have complained about Jeep’s use of “Cherokee” for years.

In 2002, the Jeep Cherokee was replaced by the Jeep Liberty. But the Cherokee ultimately returned in the 2014 model year.

“We have encouraged and applauded schools and universities for dropping offensive mascots,” but “institutionally, the tribe does not have a stance on this,” then-tribal spokesperson Amanda Clinton said of the Cherokee revival in a statement to The New York Times.

Last summer, both Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s rice announced changes to their names and logos following complaints that they perpetuated racist stereotypes. Aunt Jemima is now called the Pearl Milling Company.

Last July, the NFL franchise known as the Washington Redskins dropped its decades-old name and logo amid a corporate outcry. Sponsors pressured the team, which is now called the Washington Football Team.

There are currently movements targeting Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. The Indians decided to drop their Chief Wahoo logo, but have not changed the team name.

The NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs have also faced calls to rebrand the franchise in the age of corporate social justice activism.

Just two weeks ago, as the Chiefs were preparing to face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, groups protested over its name and the fan-beloved Tomahawk Chop.

“The Indigenous people of this land have already had a mass genocide approach with regard to their culture and way of living,” Alicia Norris, who co-founded the Florida Indigenous Rights and Environmental Equality, told CBS News.

“And when you further dehumanize them and objectify them, it just kind of falls in line with that extinction of who they are,” added Norris.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Antonio García Ferreras has given his opinion this Monday in Red Hot about the latest installment of About Évole, in which Jordi Évole chatted with the former President of the Government, José María Aznar, on topics such as the alleged corruption of the PP, the wedding of his daughter, the measures against the coronavirus, the terrorism of ETA or the 11 M.

The presenter of the La Sexta space already received a notice last Friday, as Évole warned him that Aznar had left him “a little note.” And so it was, since the face of the Popular Party mentioned the communicator after being asked about 11-M and the alleged reluctance of the then government to admit the Islamist trail. An intervention for which Ferreras has labeled him a “liar”.

“The Government gives all the information it has. ETA was still the main suspect. Other policemen said it was a trap. You can accuse the Government of that time of whatever you want, less of not telling the truth, “Aznar advanced before Évole’s attentive gaze, and added:” Ángel Acebes’s performance was impeccable and I will always be grateful to him and to all, they complied his duty in an extraordinary way. “

In this sense, the interviewee explained that “That was the information I had. It was information in real time. Those who have to give explanations are other people who made unacceptable accusations “.” With a massacre of 200 dead, not being a candidate, being in the equation of ‘if it is ETA we win’, honestly, it did not happen to me. It was the equation of others, but not mine, “he said.

It was then that Aznar mentioned the presenter of Red Hot: “I remember the voice of a person on a radio station saying ‘Here in front of me I have the photos of three ETA terrorists who have attacked today in Madrid’. In this house in La Sexta he is well known. He was the news director of the SER then, “said Aznar. Évole explained that it was Ferreras. “That was broadcast live,” Aznar insisted.

Later, the interviewee argued that “all attacks have their planning”: “I survived one and had three more assassination attempts. That is not organized by amateurs. Those who did had very detailed information about what was happening in Spain.”

Ferreras’s response

A day after the interview, the presenter has responded to him publicly from his program: “Aznar lied during 11-M. He lied then and continues to lie now. He does so because he is a liar who lies like a scoundrel. Maybe there are not many who dare to say it to his face. “

“He does it with the hard face of a proud who tried to deceive an entire nation in one of the most tragic moments. What his team said in those terrible days was that, if it had been ETA, they would go off the map. But if it had been the jihadists, they were going home, “the communicator has reproached him, referring to some words” that a former PP minister such as Margallo has revealed.

“That is the reason for so many lies, that attempt at gigantic faith that in those days only sought to win an election by hiding the truth. Hiding it until after the election, and the evidence was overwhelming. That is why Aznar continues to lie, “he has settled.

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