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Professor says Churchill hired because he was 'Indian'

A former University of Colorado professor says Ward Churchill received tenure because he claimed to be Indian.

Former communications department chairman John Bowers said Churchill's heritage was never mentioned explicitly. But since the school wanted to expand its minority faculty, he was fast-tracked, Bowers said.

At various times, Churchill has claimed Cherokee, Cree, Cree and Metis ancestry. He lacks membership in any federally recognized tribe and says critics, including many Indian activists, leaders and scholars, have no right to question his heritage.

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