Two weeks ago, the mayor had urged Gov. David Paterson to “get yourself a cowboy hat and a shotgun” and enforce the state cigarette tax law that hasn’t been enforced for years.
On Friday, the Oneida Indian Nation called Bloomberg’s phrasing “offensive and hurtful” to Native Americans, who in many cases were driven off their land across America during a series of battles in the 19th century.
Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said Bloomberg’s imagery was as distasteful to his tribe as if someone urged Nazis to take action against Jews.
For more on the subject, see Senecas Denounce Bloomberg's Remarks and Bloomberg Suggests Shooting Senecas.
Below: "Representatives of Native American tribes and organizations call on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to apologize for racially insensitive remarks he made on John Gambling's Aug. 13 radio show. Local Onieda Nation members joined Monday's rally on the steps of City Hall." (Bryan Smith/N.Y. Daily News)