Suzan Shown Harjo, a Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee, is the respected president and executive director of the Morning Star Institute, a national Indian rights and cultural-advocacy organization. Harjo torched Churchill in a message she sent to Colorado's chancellor and Board of Regents:
"The University of Colorado promotes this deception by holding Churchill out as a Native person. Many Native Peoples have called this deception to the attention of the University of Colorado, only to be ignored and to see Churchill promoted and given tenure. Churchill ... has never been able to substantiate any of his many, varied and conflicting claims to be a Native person. He stands exposed and isolated in the community of Native Peoples, but cloaked in the security of the University of Colorado. It is long past time that the university take action to remove itself as a participant in Churchill's deception."
The American Indian Movement "once again is vehemently and emphatically repudiating and condemning the outrageous statements made by academic, literary and Indian fraud Ward Churchill in relationship to the 9/11 tragedy in New York City that claimed thousands of innocent people's lives."
Harjo and AIM speak for all true American Indian people.