A representative from Sacramento State’s News Services department has released a statement to ICTMN regarding the incident in which history professor allegedly told his class he did not like the term ‘genocide’ in relation to Native Americans and that a Native American student who disagreed with him was disenrolled and expelled from his course.
“Sacramento State was very concerned upon learning about this incident and the allegations surrounding it. The University would like to make it clear that our student, Chiitaanibah Johnson, was not expelled or disenrolled from this history course. Under University policy, a professor cannot unilaterally disenroll a student from a class.
President Robert S. Nelsen is looking into what was alleged to have happened. "I take this matter very seriously. I intend to talk to Chiitaanibah Johnson as we work to gather all the information necessary to resolve this situation positively."
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Additionally, Native university sophomore Chiitaanibah Johnson also issued a statement regarding the matter on behalf of herself and her family:
“My family and I do not wish to comment further on this matter until we have met with Sacramento State University officials. We hope to reach an amicable and just resolution to this issue and would prefer to respect their opportunity to respond.”
As we have written previously and since Friday, ICTMN has reached out to the University of Sacramento about the incident, their Provost of the University has responded and also expressed they will be investigating this matter. The professor has not responded to our phone or email requests for comment.