"If he's had the goods to prove himself a Keetoowah Cherokee, he'd be in our files…I don't know what he's thinking."
That's Marilyn Craig, spokeswoman for the Keetoowah Band in Tahlequah, Okla., talking about University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, who famously called the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns." "He's never been a member of our tribe," Craig told the Washington Times.
In responding to a university committee investigating whether he lied about his heritage on his 1978 application to Colorado, Churchill had claimed membership in the Keetoowah Band. The Keetoowah had given Churchill an honorary "associate membership" in the '90s precisely because he could not prove any Cherokee ancestry, according to a statement from the group's chief.
Ah well, if Churchill does get canned for lying on his application, there's always room for one more B-list celeb at The HuffPost (I suspect Jim Lampley and Churchill would have a good time talking on the lunch line).