Ward Churchill takes the stand to defend himself
Axed CU professor gives jury his version of events
"When you bring your skills to bear for profit, you are the moral equivalent of Adolf Eichmann," Churchill testified.
Of his assertion that a military commander at Fort Clark ordered smallpox-infested blankets be distributed among the Mandans in the 1830s, Churchill said: "I considered it common knowledge."
"It's enshrined in the oral traditions specific to the Mandans," he testified. "The oral history for me is conclusive."
Churchill: Smallpox theory common knowledge
Means testified Churchill is "writing the wrongs of history—literally."
Means choked up on the witness stand and said "to take a small phrase and besmirch him and try to ruin his reputation among the people who know what he writes. It is a scholarly massacre—it's what I call it. It's not right and it's full of holes...they do not treat white professors at CU the same way."