Pocahontas, the Native American Heroine

President Trump evidently thought that calling Massachusett’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” a reference to her one-time self-identification as a minority, citing Native American roots, at a recent event honoring Navajo code talkers was a joke. Did he think that the Native Americans who came to Washington in honor of the Navajo code talkers of World War II wouldn’t resent this insult to their people?

Let me tell you something about the real Pocahontas. She  was born about 1594 and was one of several children who lived near their father, Powhattan, the chief of the Tsenacommacah, an alliance of Algonquian-speaking Virginia Indians in the Tidewater region of Virginia at the time English settlers landed at Jamestown. She was said to be a cute little girl and was a favorite of her father’s among several other children.

She probably would be unknown today if several ships from England hadn’t landed on the Virginia coast about the year 1607. The ships carried many white men who spoke a strange language.  

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