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By Emily Banks Wooten
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The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, along with other constituents, is taking exception with the controversial word choice used by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas during a recent call with reporters regarding the election of Mike Johnson as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives following three weeks of infighting among the GOP.

“Good reports about him as a person but the jury’s out in terms of his ability to deal with this bunch of wild Indians over in the House,” Cornyn said.

“At this time in our country’s history, we are curious as to why Sen. Cornyn would use this derogatory phrase,” Chairman Ricky Sylestine and other members of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Tribal Council said in a statement released Tuesday.

“We would welcome any opportunity for him to explain why he thinks the verbiage he used was appropriate or necessary,” Sylestine said.

The president of the National Congress of American Indians, a nonprofit representing tribes from across the country, called the comment “derogatory” and “deeply disrespectful.

“It perpetuates damaging stereotypes about our diverse and vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” Fawn Sharp said.

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    Pamela Goodwin · 26 days ago
    Apologize Mr Cornyn ⚠️
    What a horrible thing to say about Naskila -
    there are no wild Indians running  around -maybe you should drive over and visit ! 
    you will find the nicest people at Naskila -the best food and this place is cleaner than any of the restaurants in Livingston. 
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    Harry · 27 days ago
    Are all people becoming WHINERS,,,,,, leftists need to settle down.............
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      David · 26 days ago
      @Harry No Harry. That’s not whining. That’s a reasonable response to the Senator using a derogatory term for Native peoples.
      And, even the conservative Senator has questions about the sad state of affairs with republicans in Congress.
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    CB · 25 days ago
    Cornyn is not to be trusted.   Need him out of office. 
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    Great Caesar’s Ghost · 7 days ago
    Mike Johnson is just another Christian Nationalist shill who will do whatever the GQP bunch of MAGA fiends want. Cornyn, however, needed to go a long time ago. Him and several old pieces of furniture in the Senate.