Turns out that Ward Churchill (see “A Tale of Two Academics” and Mailbag), the Colorado University professor who bills himself as an activist on behalf of Native Americans and who called those who perished in the World Trade Center Attack “little Eichmanns,” is not only odious–he’s a poseur.

The grand governing council of the American Indian Movement has just issued a statement that condemns Churchill’s Eichmann remark and adds:

“The sorry part of this is Ward Churchill has fraudulently represented himself as an Indian, and a member of the American Indian Movement, a situation that has lifted him into the position of a lecturer on Indian activism. He has used the American Indian Movement’s chapter in Denver to attack the leadership of the official American Indian Movement with his misinformation and propaganda campaigns.

“Ward Churchill has been masquerading as an Indian for years behind his dark glasses and beaded headband. He waves around an honorary membership card that at one time was issued to anyone by the Keetoowah Tribe of Oklahoma. Former President Bill Clinton and many others received these cards, but these cards do not qualify the holder a member of any tribe. He has deceitfully and treacherously fooled innocent and na’ve Indian community members in Denver, Colorado, as well as many other people worldwide. Churchill does not represent, nor does he speak on behalf of the American Indian Movement.”

(Many thanks to Instapundit for spotting the statement.)