Former Colorado Governor and current Senate Candidate John Hickenlooper (D) is getting push back from some Native American Groups after photos of him wearing Native garb have surfaced.
According to the Daily Wire, in 2018 the team from Colorado of which Hickenlooper was a part of won the One Shot Antelope Hunt. In a tradition that dates back to the 1940s winners of the competition are dressed in ceremonial Indian headdresses.
A group calling themselves “Indigenous women and allies” posted an open letter calling on Hickenlooper to drop out of the senate race.
“The winner of the event is dressed in a costume headdress, while the ‘loser’ of the event is dressed as what event attendees call a ‘squaw,’ a misogynistic ethnic slur for a North American Indian woman. This term is associated with the sexual assault, targeting, dominating, and violation of Native North American Indian women, and the subsequent term ‘squaw hopping’ references the serial rape of targeted women,” the group wrote (emphasis original).
So far a fair number of Native American advocacy groups have signed the letter.
The hunt itself is a high profile competition where teams of three compete to harvest an antelope with one shot. A combination of time and kills is used to determine the winner. You can read about the rules and history HERE.
The question of if the competition is “racist” is up for interpretation since it is operated with participation from Shoshone Indian Tribe.
Money raised from the competition go to pronghorn antelope conservation projects