Andy Rooney, Who Once Sparked Controversy in Indian Country, Dies at 92

Andy Rooney, Who Once Sparked Controversy in Indian Country, Dies at 92

Andy Rooney, resident curmudgeon from iconic CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, has died at age 92. Rooney once caused a stir among American Indians when he suggested that Native Americans who made money from casinos weren’t doing enough to help their own people. (Yahoo.com’s Rooney obituaryreminds us of this fact.)

But perhaps more galling was this passage from a 1992 column written by Rooney in which he addressed the controversial nickname of the NFL’s Washington Redskins:

“The real problem is, we took the country away from the Indians, they want it back and we’re not going to give it to them. We feel guilty and we’ll do what we can for them within reason, but they can’t have their country back. Next question.”

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