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When Native Americans Are Told To 'Go Back' To Where They Came From

The absurdity of a white supremacist slur laid bare.


December 26, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in front of a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson, who started a campaign of ethnic cleansing targeting Native Americans.

Lori Metoxen, 52, works as an administrator at Oneida Behavioral Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a treatment center for indigenous people suffering from addiction and mental illness. Metoxen says one beautiful summer day in 2017 she drove home from work with the windows down, the sunroof open, and her Oneida Nation license plate, available only to members of the tribe, proudly displayed on the back of her car. When she stopped at a traffic light in the part of western Green Bay that belongs to the Oneida Nation reservation, she noticed a car full of white, teenage girls in the lane beside hers.

"Go back to Mexico, you scumbag sack of shit!" one of the girls yelled at Metoxen.


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