Sen. Scott Brown apologizes for tomahawk chops by staff
In a second video posted Wednesday, Scott Brown supporters' war whoops are heard as Brown criticizes Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage. Brown apologized for staff members shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops during a rally days earlier in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
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In the new video posted Wednesday, supporters' war cries are heard escalating as Brown criticizes Warren's claims of Native American heritage. Brown doesn't react in the brief clip, posted by the Democrat-leaning Blue Mass Group.
The group posted a video on Tuesday showing staff members for Brown and the state Republican Party shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops during a rally days earlier in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
Brown spokeswoman Alleigh Marre issued a statement Wednesday saying Brown "regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve."
Warren has said she was told growing up that her mother was part Cherokee and part Delaware Indian, but she hasn't offered any documentation of that heritage. She called both videos appalling, and American Indian groups also decried the actions shown.
"It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples," Baker said in a statement.
The National Congress of American Indians, which describes itself as the nation's largest American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy group, called the videos disturbing and called on Brown to take "corrective action immediately."
The group's executive director, Jacqueline Pata, also faulted Warren for allowing the public discourse about American Indian identity to become misrepresented and failing to educate the public about federal rules "that make proving Native ancestry very difficult for some people."
She also criticized Warren for not meeting with Native American media groups.
Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat and Warren supporter, faulted Brown.
"If this is what they do in public, what do they do in private?" Patrick told reporters. "The tone is set at the top."
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.