"'Is he an Indian? Do we really care?' he said, quoting those he called his 'white Republican' critics. 'Let's cut to the chase; I am not,' he said."
Ward, in the current issue of Socialism and Democracy (second paragraph):
Sure does, Kenis.
This brings up a personal hook in addition to my intellectual motives [for calling the treatment of American Indians "genocide"]. It comes with the fact that I am myself of Muscogee and Creek descent on my father’s side, Cherokee on my mother’s, and am an enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. I’m also married to an Ojibwe woman of the Lynx clan, from the Onegaming Reserve in Northwestern Ontario. The truth is, although I’m best known by my colonial name, Ward Churchill, the name I prefer is Kenis, an Ojibwe name bestowed by my wife’s uncle. So there’s that, and I suppose it speaks for itself.
Correction: Oh for God's sake. How do we go from this: "'Is he an Indian? Do we really care?' he said, quoting those he called his 'white Republican' critics." "'Let's cut to the chase; I am not,' he said."
To this: "Is he an Indian? We really care. We're trying to protect the rights of Indians to divine for themselves, say this circle of flies in the form of white reporters circling a manure pile like it's of all consequential importance. Cut to the chase on that." The Denver Post explains, and quotes D.E. Stannard, one of the professors who arranged Churchill's speech at the University of Hawaii at Manoa:
Yes, it does. Well, if the quote is now accurate, Ward called himself a "manure pile," so we don't quite come away empty handed.
Professors and reporters attending Ward Churchill's speech in Hawaii on Tuesday disputed a Honolulu Star-Bulletin report that Churchill admitted he is not Indian. "He didn't say that, and it's causing a lot of uproar here," said David Stannard, one of a dozen professors who helped sponsor Churchill's appearance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. "In fact, he said the exact opposite," Stannard said. "It's all over the place now (on the Internet). How do you put it back in a bottle? This gives strength to his argument that he is being misrepresented by the media."