Ward’s on the stand

March 23, 2009

Following up Tink Tinker and Russell Means, which is a damn fine place to be. From the Daily Camera.

Ward Churchill took the stand at 2:15 p.m. with the words: “My name is Ward Churchill.”

The former CU ethnic studies professor is going through his background, growing up in Illinois, serving in Vietnam, and ending up in Boulder in 1976 while on his way to New Mexico.

Post-lunch testimony saw two witnesses take the stand in quick succession Monday afternoon.

George “Tink” Tinker, a professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, testified that Churchill’s academic work is highly regarded.

“His work is widely respected by Indian people in this community and in the Indian reservation community,” he testified.

Tinker said Churchill, who he has known for 25 years, would not tell lies in his scholarship.

“He is not a liar or one prone to speaking mistruths,” Tinker said.

Next up on the stand was Russell Means, an American Indian activist and a member of the Lakotas.

He said Churchill, through his work, is “righting the wrongs of history.”

He said the final report from CU’s investigative committed “enraged” him.

“It’s an insult to my people and my history,” Means said. “It’s a scholarly massacre and it’s not right. It’s full of holes and full of lies. It’s unconscionsable, because they don’t treat white professors at CU the same way.”

Update: You can listen to Ward’s testimony — heavily edited and shot through with some seriously asinine commentary — on 630 KHOW. I’ll link to .mp3s of KHOW’s coverage as soon as I can get hold of it.

Update II: You can find KHOW’s coverage here and here. Craig Silverman’s commentary is typically asshole stupid, but you can hear some of the good stuff straight from Churchill when Silverman shuts up.



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