This morning on Fox and Friends, GOP congressional candidate for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District, Janice Arnold-Jones, questioned her Democratic opponent Deb Haaland’s Native American heritage.
On Fox News Thursday morning, Arnold-Jones was questioned by host Ainsley Earhardt.
Earnhardt asked about Haaland potentially becoming the country's first female Native American in Congress.
Arnold-Jones replied "That's what they say, yes," responded Arnold-Jones, to which the host promptly replied "That's what they say? What do you mean by that?"
Arnold-Jones said “Well, I’m saying there’s no doubt that her lineage is Laguna, but she is a military brat just like I am...I think it evokes images that she was raised on a reservation — she belongs to a Pueblo.”
Arnold-Jones also stated a genuine Laguna Pueblo tribe member would not support "open borders."
In a statement emailed to Indian Country Today shortly after the interview, Haaland wrote the following response:
Statement from Deb Haaland on racist assertion that military service means someone isn’t ‘really’ Native American on Fox News:
"My opponent's assertion on Fox News today that my parents' military service, or not being raised on a reservation, means I am not Native American is racist, an assault on military families, and wrong.
"For generations, Native Americans have been subjected to genocide, forced assimilation, and government-backed family separation. Even today, Native American Tribes suffer through attacks on tribal sovereignty and the ongoing unanswered epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
"Despite all of that, Native Americans are still here, we are proud, and we matter. I am proud to be a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and I am proud of my parents’ service in both the Marines and the US Navy.”
See the clip of Janice Arnold-Jones on Fox and Friends here: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/gop-candidate-questions-dem-opponents-native-american-heritage-wasnt-raised-reservation/
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