New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did it. Fox News analyst Brit Hume did it and so did MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Syndicated columnist Michele Malkin had did it and John Stossel certainly succeeded at it probably beyond his wildest dreams. Even President Obama did it. All of the above have made offensive, ignorant or racist remarks about American Indians in the past year. And now Connecticut’s Republican Party has done it.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation issued a short media release late in the day on Tuesday, April 19, reporting that the Tribal Council “is taking exception to the insensitive remarks” in the Republican Party’s Alternative Budget FY2012 and 2013.
The proposed budget says on page 4: “Middle Management Reduction: Organizations that are ‘top heavy’ or have ‘too many chiefs and not enough Indians,’ are rarely successful and almost never efficient. State government, in its current form, fits both descriptions and its performance in delivering government services in an effective and cost efficient way suffers as a result.”
The “too many chiefs’ cliché is offensive, the council said.
“Earlier today, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council was dismayed to learn that the Republican’s proposed budget was published without any apparent regard for the inappropriate reference contained therein. Though perhaps a careless oversight, the Council sincerely hopes that this matter will be swiftly eradicated, accompanied by appropriate amends to all those who may have been equally affronted,” the council said in its release.
A spokesman for the nation could not be reached late in the day.