Oklahoma nurse fired for offensive social media post about Native Americans

A nurse employed by the Choctaw Nation's medical facilities was reportedly fired Sept. 4 after officials were made aware of a Snapchat post by the woman disparaging Native American people, News 9 reports.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma confirmed the individual's termination on its Facebook page Sept. 5.

"This past weekend, an employee made disparaging comments on social media while serving as a representative of the Choctaw Nation at the annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival. Choctaw leadership was alerted to the incident and the employee is no longer employed with the Choctaw Nation. Disparaging words, even when joking, are never acceptable. We will continue to share our values and beliefs of faith, family and culture — never focusing on hatred, always standing united in a spirit of love," the tribe wrote.

While the tribe did not disclose the employee's identity, several media outlets identified the woman as Jill White, RN, according to The Wichita Eagle. In her social media post, Ms. White reportedly referred to Native American softball players as "fat natives," along with making other disparaging comments.

A tribe member and friend of Ms. White's reportedly sent an email to the Choctaw Nation's chief, claiming the comments were part of an inside joke, The Wichita Eagle reports.

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