Choctaw Nation Poteau Health Clinic Employee Snapchats Anti-Native Comments

White posted to Snapchat: "Excited to go make sure a bunch of fat natives don’t stroke out playing softball."

Editor Update: On Wednesday September 5, 2018, the Choctaw Nation confirmed the employee was terminated. They issued the following statement to media:

"This past weekend, an employee made disparaging comments on social media while serving as a representative of the Choctaw Nation at the annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival. Choctaw leadership was alerted to the incident and the employee is no longer employed with the Choctaw Nation. Disparaging words, even when joking, are never acceptable. We will continue to share our values and beliefs of faith, family and culture never focusing on hatred, always standing united in a spirit of love."


A non-Native registered Nurse employed by the Choctaw Nation Health Clinic in Poteau, Oklahoma is under fire for anti-Native comments made on social media.

Jill White Snapchatted the following on her way to work at the 2018 Choctaw Nation Labor Day Weekend Festival. It spread like wildfire amongst Native Americans on Facebook:

My fake smile. Excited to go make sure a bunch of fat natives dont stroke out playing softball. With no shoes or shirts on.

White's friends have to come to her defense enmasse on Facebook.

Chance Menasco wrote a public post branding the person who screenshotted and shared Whites incendiary Snapchat comments a coward and claimed it was just a joke between a select group of people.

Another of Whites friends claimed to be married to a Choctaw and have Choctaw Children in a reply to her own public offering. Shaunda Prock Noah asserted that Snapchat isnt like other social media platforms because one can be selective in who sees ones posts. She insists that White is a good person who simply made a mistake.

Menascos and Prock Noahs posts seem to have either been deleted or made private after much disagreement in the replies. Additionally, there are reports that Facebook posts containing the screenshot are being deleted from timelines by the organization.

ICT Contributor Martie Simmons, a citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, shared the screenshot on Twitter with concerns about how cultural insensitivity goes hand-in-hand with medical racism.

Jill White an RN at the Choctaw Nation Clinic in Poteau, OK. You dont deserve to work for the @choctawnationOK with this sick mentality. How could you give your patients proper care? #NativeTwitter.

Every chart she ever touched, every medication she ever gave out, every interaction she has ever had would need to be reviewed for bias. She is dangerous in that type of position with those views. Its terrifying to think about.

There are claims that Jillian White has been fired. Neither the clinic nor Choctaw Nation tribal authorities have verified her employment status as of publication.

Indian Country Today has reached out to Choctaw Nation authorities for comment.

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JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

There are PLENTY of "racist" remarks directed toward europeans, or white-people (generalities in the face of COLONIALISM) on ICTNM's Facebook page. Why doesn't ICTMN take those comments (statements) down or remove them? Racial politics appears to be okay as long as its not "white" people saying stuff to indians....

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ben
ben

"Why doesn't ICTMN take those comments (statements) down or remove them?"

Indian Country Today covers news about and from the perspective of Indian country. there are plenty of other news outlets that do a fine job of condemning non-white people for perceived slights against white people.

JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

ben: from your statement, its apparent, my POINT was taken and proven to be factual. The 'COLONIALISM" talk only serves to divide and attempts to "re-conquor" all over again....this time with no survivors via FACEBOOK "ICTMN".

Lakota1973
Lakota1973

As a man of European ancestry (although also having metis blood from way back in the 1600s), I can empathize with 1st Nations expressing prejuidice towards the descendants of the ongoing colonialization of North America and the history of genocide against its peoples.

JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

As i tell my "red" brothers/sisters (even wannabes), give up all your conveniences, material, cherish wealth, degrees, Starbucks $$ cards, Smartphones....turn it all in. Cut the final $$ to the nearest legit, establishment, American Indian Tribal Office. Once you declare this, then lets talk...otherwise, 'colonialism' and 'oppression' is cheap whilest, you carry a $900 smartphone and complain....

rhiannon E
rhiannon E

this is not about politics. this is about a professional health care provider harboring bias negative opinions about her client pool. that is dangerous. try thinking harder and staying on topic

rhiannon E
rhiannon E

and why do you think being primative equals superiority? why do you think education makes a person less "native" and less worthy of wanting and deserving good medical care? i am a nurse and i am native. fuck. im glad im educated because i make sure our people are not abused. if i decided school was a stupid white conspiracy and never went in protest what good would i have done and how many lives would i have saved then?

kohala108
kohala108

I hope you are never in a position where your life and safety depends upon nursing integrity and egalitarianism. We are expected to behave compassionately and impartially to one and all whom we have the honor to serve.The entire world depends upon nurses to rise to the occasion of doing pure and sacred service without the constraints of ethnic and religious bias of ANY kind. Nursing is the most trusted profession in the United States and their decency and ethical foundation is the reason for that noble public trust.

CusterHadItComing
CusterHadItComing

This is the dumbest argument I've heard on here.

JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

Much like what the National TV Corporate Media is performing....."gotcha!"

SamsonCarr
SamsonCarr

@CusterHadItComing Haha. Thanks for the link to 'Mister Gotcha'. Perfect.

SamsonCarr
SamsonCarr

JackBilly71TL: Your question asking why ICTNM doesn't take down negative comments about white people displays a very shallow understanding of the meaning of the word "racism" in the contemporary cultural context..."racism" has never meant "individual prejudice" but that should be especially clear today. If that is not clear to you then you should really consider doing some more research into what "institutional racism" means before you get on here and expect people to take your trollish and immature comments seriously.

lakewolf
lakewolf

I have no smartphones, just an iPad a friend gave me. Since I am housebound 80% of the time, and have no way of paying all my medical bills (much less buying a smartphone, what would you suggest I do?. I advocate for the sick, the poor, the oppressed...and the foreigner. This includes Muslims, who 99% of the time are controlled by CIA handlers.

I know you weeent adressing me, but I felt compelled to respond.

I know this comment is going to piss off a lot of people...but I seek the truth, no matter the cost. Do the reasearch I have done, then tell me Im wrong.

ndnlid
ndnlid

She needs to be reported to The Oklahoma Board of Nursing! This is unacceptable as a professional nurse.

GinaCee
GinaCee

Ignoramus, this is exactly what you get for doing stupid things. For those defending her, you all stick together cause you need to. There is no justification for this, no matter what you say.

Nickykhadka
Nickykhadka

She doesnt deserve to work for Choctaw nation. What she said was not a mistake. She meant every word she said. That is discrimination at its finest. How could you protect or help us choctaws with this kind of mentality. Why would any of us trust you after your ill mannered joke this was not a mistake, its an insult. I feel hurt, I feel like we are being discriminated and disrespected. If Choctaw Nation keeps this woman they will certainly show us that they dont care for us Choctaws. The Chief messaged me and said he will handle this accordingly. I hope he fires her. When you work for the Choctaw nation you agree to honoring and spread good word, to work for Choctaw nation with dignity. Our ancestors are turning in their grave. Choctaw Nation will hire anyone, she deserves to be fired. You dont represent what we stand for properly. It brings tears to my eyes. This is so harsh, Tvskahvmma is a festival for us, it brings us together in ways that is cherishable. Please, Choctaw Nation stand by your policys and take care of this woman who doesnt respect what our culture stands for.

mpel
mpel

This woman knowingly and willingly accepted the position with the Choctaw Nation. If she had such an issue with those who PAY HER WAGES, she should have packed up her classless white ass and gone elsewhere.

rhiannon E
rhiannon E

a joke that targets a race in a negative light "between select friends" is the epitome of racism. its incredible how many people do not know what racism is.

kohala108
kohala108

She is in deliberate violation of the American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics. Devotion and adherence to this code of integrity is taught in every Nursing education program and is expected of all registered nurses. At the least the Board of Nursing needs to take a look at her conduct and order remedial action. ~ a concerned RN/NP who has proudly

served indigenous communities for two decades.

Provision 1 The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.

Provision 2 The nurses primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.

Provision 3 The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.

Provision 4 The nurse has authority, accountability and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions; and takes action consistent with the obligation to provide optimal patient care.

Provision 5 The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.

Provision 6 The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.

Provision 7 The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.

Provision 8 The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.

Provision 9 The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.

Source: American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics with interpretative statements. Silver Spring, MD: Author. Retrieved from

N2017
N2017

I don't know if everyone understands this, but working with the public is very difficult. We often make mistakes & say things we shouldn't, after all we're "only human." This obviously was a joke between friends like they said, she didn't actually mean to offend anyone. You can't honestly say you've never said anything hurtful about anyone else, especially if you're a nurse having a bad day, so shut up. I'm part choctaw, my son is part choctaw you don't hear me crying about this. Y'all are really making a way bigger deal out of this than is necessary. I hope Jill gets to keep her job!

apelbaumthebull
apelbaumthebull

This nurse Miss White should mind her p's and q's. She should mind her manners. This comment she said is not a joke. It's anti semitic and racist. And I for one don't like it. It's wrong. After all one of God's commandments is LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF. And that people, is the bottom line.