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Trump at Monday's event honoring Native American war heroes. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

Navajo Nation, the National Congress of American Indians, and John Norwood, general secretary of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes, all spoke on President Trump calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" at a Monday event honoring Navajo war heroes, calling the remark insensitive. Norwood said the comment "smacks of racism," and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said it was "culturally insensitive."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said Warren's characterization of the remark as an "ethnic slur" was "a ridiculous response."

Begaye, per the Chicago Tribune: "In this day and age, all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people. The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy." He noted that the Navajo Nation is still honored by Monday's White House ceremony.

Norwood, per NBC: "The reference is using a historic American Indian figure as a derogatory insult and that's insulting to all American Indians." The President should "stop using our historical people of significance as a racial slur against one of his opponents."

National Congress of American Indians, per NBC: "We regret that the president's use of the name Pocahontas as a slur to insult a political adversary is overshadowing the true purpose of today's White House ceremony. Today was about recognizing the remarkable courage and invaluable contributions of our Native code talkers."

Worth noting: The podium where the code talkers spoke was set up directly below a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act into law in 1830.

Go deeper: Why Trump keeps calling Warren "Pocahontas" ... What the White House is saying ... Watch the video

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Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.

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What they're saying: "At the end of the war, he made a break from a death march into the woods in Bavaria. From his hiding place, he heard a deep rumbling sound. It was a tank. But instead of the iron cross, he saw painted on its side a five pointed white star," Blinken said.