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Cherokee Nation Chief Calls For Apology From Senator Brown

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation Wednesday called on Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to apologize for  the actions of staffers at a campaign event.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Chief  Bill John Baker, in a statement, denounced what he called  “ offensive and racist behavior” by some Republican campaign staffers who were apparently mocking Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry.  Democrats  released video of people, including a person identified as an aid in Brown’s Senate office, performing tomahawk chops and war whoops at a Democatic campaign rally in Boston

   Brown , on Tuesday said the behavior was not something he condoned, but he did not apologize. Warren said she was appalled by the video.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.