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Low man on totem pole in high esteem.

As a Nipmuck Indian of Chaubunagungamaugg, I am compelled to write and reiterate how the ignorance lives on and on.

I am referring to the latest Chase credit card commercial. It shows an office worker carrying a pile of papers and referring to himself as the "low man on the totem pole,'' which is obviously indicating a position of low importance.

Please let me take the opportunity to utilize this as a teaching moment. Allow me to enlighten those who continue to perpetuate ignorant conclusions and continue to use the euphemisms that would never be tolerated by any other ethnic group. Other ethnic groups are catered to, whereas we native people, although a silent minority, sometimes remain too silent.

The low man on the totem is reserved for the most honored and most revered; the foundation of the tribal group.

But again the euphemisms go on and on.



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Title Annotation:Editorials
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 26, 2014
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