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During the June 18, 1993, interview with Imus, for example, the host opened the program by asking about plans by a “bunch of these drunken injuns” to open a casino in New Jersey.

Rick Hill, former chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, called Donald Trump’s comments on Native Americans “demeaning” and “racist” (PATSY LYNCH/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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“I think if you’ve ever been up there, you would truly say that these are not Indians,” Trump responded. “One of them was telling me his name is Chief Running Water Sitting Bull, and I said, ‘That’s a long name.’ He said, ‘Well, just call me Ricky Sanders.'”

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“The same thing goes through my head now when I hear him,” Hill said. “It’s just not appropriate; it’s demeaning and it’s racist.”

Hill’s group filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission shortly after the 1993 interview asking for an investigation into what canada goose black friday sale it called “obscene, indecent and profane racial slurs against Native Americans and African Americans,” FCC records show.

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