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How Trump Will Be Remembered in Indian Country, According to Native Historians


January 29, 2021

Donald Trump speaking at a meeting in the Oval Office with the president of Finland on Oct. 2, 2019. (Evan Vucci, AP)

On his first day in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden replaced the former administration's portrait of President Andrew Jackson - known throughout Indian Country as the "removal president" and the "Indian Killer" because he signed the Indian Removal Act that stole millions of acres of lands from tribes - with one of Benjamin Franklin, marking a symbolic shift for Indian Country. The tumultuous presidential tenure of Donald Trump, who hung the Jackson portrait in the nation's highest office in 2017, had come to an end.

How will former President Trump be remembered by Indian Country? Native News Online asked university historians specializing in Native American studies, University of New Mexico's Melanie Yazzie (Navajo) and Harvard's Phil Deloria (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe).

"The way that Donald Trump injected old... stereotypes goes back to when he was a casino person and he was so dismissive and focused on race and phenotype," Deloria said. "He's never thought about Native people at all, other than to mobilize a stereotype and think negative and derogatory kinds of things."


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