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Originally published April 1, 2011 at 8:17 PM | Page modified April 1, 2011 at 8:24 PM

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Tribes file protest over Fox News commentator

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on Friday issued a letter of protest to Fox News due to statements commentator John...

The Spokesman-Review

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on Friday issued a letter of protest to Fox News due to statements commentator John Stossel made about Native Americans.

Stossel claimed on a recent segment of Fox and Friends that no group has benefited more from the generosity of the federal government than American Indians.

"Please make note of this basic truth: the federal government has never given Indians anything," tribal Chairman Michael Finley wrote in a letter to Fox News President Roger Ailes. "Its paltry payments for vast and rich millions of acres of land 'purchased' through treaties ... make Stossel's remarks not just careless or wrong, but cruel."

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe also recently protested Stossel's remarks in a letter to Ailes.

Finley recommended Stossel be re-educated in an American Indian history class at a reputable university, then sent to live on a reservation for a month.

"We would be happy to have Mr. Stossel see how life is lived on the rez and see what 'benefits' Indians receive from the federal government," Finley wrote. "Perhaps, with some basic education and a little real-life experience in the matters of which he speaks, he will have gained perspective, understanding and will come back to tell the truth. Fox News could use more of that."

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