"Senator Cornyn's recent derogatory remarks, referring to his colleagues as a 'bunch of wild Indians,' is more than just disappointing; but deeply disrespectful. It perpetuates damaging stereotypes about our diverse and vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This is especially disconcerting as we approach Native American Heritage Month, a time meant to celebrate and honor these communities. NCAI strongly disapproves of the Senator’s comments and encourages the Senator to seize this moment as an opportunity to educate himself about the rich history, struggles, accomplishments, and dignity of Native peoples. Our nation's commitment to understanding and respect should be a standard held high by all our public servants."
President, National Congress of American Indians