Letter to Fox Nation News

November 17, 2010
Re: Fox News: “Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General” (Nov.15, 2010) 

To Fox Nation News Editor:

The headline for your website: http://nation.foxnews.com/media/2010/11/15/obama-praises-indian-chief-who-killed-us-general is a big miss for your news organization in trying to educate the masses on who killed Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn, not to mention a travesty in trying to praise Custer’s actions and make him look like a victim.

The Native American Journalists Association is here to make sure news organizations are held accountable for their mistakes in reporting and writing the news when involving Native Nations. This headline is totally inaccurate as Chief Sitting Bull was not the person who killed General Custer. If your organization fully researched the selections for President Barack Obama’s book “Of Thee I Sing”, you might have caught this error. One might also point out that Lieutenant Custer was responsible for the slaughter of many Native American men, women and children in the Washita Massacre.

The intent of including Chief Sitting Bull in President Obama’s book appears to be a diversity lesson in the history of North America, one that many people could learn from and not the praising of a killer like your headline reads. We ask you issue an apology to the Native American Nations across this country who consider Sitting Bull a hero and a warrior who stood up for his people.


Rhonda LeValdo
President, Native American Journalists Association



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