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Ward Churchill - Going, Going, Gone

Ward Churchill, the tenured University of Colorado professor who was accused of falsifying his ancestry in order to obtain his position as professor of American Indian Studies in the Center for Studies in Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was terminated by the University of Colorado's governing board on Tuesday by an 8-1 vote, finally ending the 2 year investigation and controversy.You can read the full Report of the Investigative Committee of the Standing Committee on Research Misconduct at the University of Colorado at Boulder concerning Allegations of Academic Misconduct against Professor Ward Churchill here.

Churchill claimed he was part American Indian although both of his parents are Caucasian. You can read all about Churchill's claims and the facts in a Rocky Mountains News article written by Kevin Flynn, June 9, 2005, here.

He was also accused of plagiarism and had been under fire for his comments likening some of the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann.

Below are two works of art. The first, by the late artist Thomas E. Mails, was published in a 1972 book called The Mystic Warriors of the Plains. The second, titled “Winter Attack,” was “drawn" and signed by the now terminated University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill.

                                               Photos courtesy of CBS 4 Denver

There is a statement from Ward Churchill clarifying his "little Eichmans" remark here.

Churchill, who had vowed to sue if the Board of Regents took action against him, said immediately after the 8-1 vote was announced: "New game, new game."

I would like to know who the brilliant mind was behind the dissenting vote. Perhaps the University should look at his record next.

Posted by Rick | July 25, 2007 12:12 AM

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