Andy Rooney, Who Once Sparked Controversy in Indian Country, Dies at 92


Andy Rooney, resident curmudgeon from iconic CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, has died at age 92. Rooney once caused a stir among American Indians when he suggested that Native Americans who made money from casinos weren't doing enough to help their own people. ('s Rooney obituary reminds us of this fact.)

But perhaps more galling was this passage from a 1992 column written by Rooney in which he addressed the controversial nickname of the NFL's Washington Redskins:

"The real problem is, we took the country away from the Indians, they want it back and we're not going to give it to them. We feel guilty and we'll do what we can for them within reason, but they can't have their country back. Next question."

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Submitted by softbreeze on
Well, I'm going to be completely honest in my assessment in this instance: only a complete jackass would come out with a statement like that. Talk about insensitive, egotistic, and condescending. I'd like to quote my very good friend, Mary Misty Moon, who is the only biological daughter of Grandmother Doris Minckler, "They think they took it away from us, but, they didn't, because the Creator put us here first, and whether they like it or not, we're still here. The whole Earth belongs to all of us, not just to some and not others. Maybe they should grow up and stop acting like a bunch of selfish two year olds."