Native Americans compare Andrew Jackson painting in Oval Office to Hitler

President Donald Trump's ceremony honoring the Navajo code talkers was offensive in several ways, according to two prominent Native American women.

Two prominent Native American women say the portrait of President Andrew Jackson overlooking President Donald Trump's ceremony honoring the Navajo code talkers was as offensive to them as a portrait of Adolf Hitler.

Jackson, who was known as the "Indian killer," signed the Indian Removal Act, which led to thousands of Native American deaths as tribes were forced to move across the country.

"The basis of it was to exterminate Indian people, so I don't think it's too far-fetched to compare this to what has happened with Hitler," Democratic State Rep. Wenona Benally, of Window Rock, said on this weekend's "Sunday Square Off."

"That's the first person that I think of, is Hitler," said Alvina Begay, a professional runner and dietitian in Flagstaff.

Benally and Begay shared their views on last week's Oval Office ceremony, including the president's "Pocahontas" insult. 

Also on this weekend's "Square Off":

-The Ducey administration is handing out big raises to employees, while teachers and children's case workers get peanuts. Arizona Republic reporter Craig Harris explains what he found by reviewing the paychecks state employees collect from taxpayers.

-A new campaign that would force the disclosure of the most anonymous political donations -- so-called dark money -- is now up and running. It could go to a statewide vote next year. Campaign Chairman Terry Goddard, a former Arizona attorney general, told us why his second attempt to ban dark money will be different from the first.

"Sunday Square Off" airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on 12 News, after NBC's "Meet the Press."

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