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University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill a.k.a "Chief who speaks with forked tongue' has been FIRED from Colorado's state university and won't be lying, propagandizing and falsifying history to our kids. 

The man who cloaked his comments comparing victims of 9/11 to 'Little Eichmann's' in free speech rights is history. Not because of his comments.


Regents vote to fire Churchill
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BOULDER – The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted to terminate controversial professor Ward Churchill on Tuesday evening.

The Board of Regents passed a motion to accept the recommendation from CU President Hank Brown to fire Churchill from his position in the Ethnic Studies department.

The measure passed with an 8 to 1 vote. The vote was made just after 5:30 p.m.

Immediately after the decision was announced people in the crowd booed and some swore at the board members.

Also after the board made its decision, Brown and Board Chair Patricia Hayes spoke with the media.

"It's been a long hard day," said Hayes. "Not an easy decision for the board."

"One of the most difficult decisions a university has to face happened today and I don't think we had a choice," said Brown.

Hayes disputed the claim that Churchill had made earlier in the day on Tuesday that the decision to fire him was pre-determined.

"It was pre-ordained two and a half years ago. Everything's been an orchestration to make that seem to be a justifiable outcome," said Churchill in an interview with 9NEWS.

"(The other day) somebody asked me, 'What do you think the board is going to do?' And I didn't know," said Hayes. "I really didn't know where my fellow board members were coming from until we had the discussion today."

"This case was an example not of mistakes, but an effort to falsify history and fabricate history and in the final analysis, this individual did not express regret or apologize," said Brown. "This is a faculty that has an outstanding reputation and this move today protects that reputation."

"At the end of the day we had to look at what these three committees had presented to us and what 25 tenured faculty had said and that was really important to all the board members," said Hayes.

When Churchill arrived for the vote, he was carrying two very long poles, which are a Native American symbol. People with Churchill also brought drums.

About 20 Churchill supporters gathered outside of the building where the meeting took place. Among them was Russell Means, a Native American activist and actor.

Churchill initially arrived around 8 a.m. on Tuesday when the meeting began. He was wearing his signature dark glasses with jeans and a black blazer, and arrived shortly before the meeting. He was surrounded by members of the media as he walked into the University Memorial Center and hoisted himself onto a side counter. As he began cracking jokes his supporters could be seen wearing T-shirts which read "It's not about scholarship it's about politics."

Not everyone around him was a supporter however as one man, a self-described blogger, began a heated exchange with Churchill which eventually forced campus security to monitor the situation.

Churchill and his attorney, David Lane, went before the regents in the closed door session just after 10:30 a.m.

Lane told 9NEWS Monday, "The real drama begins Wednesday when we file our case in court against the regents of the University of Colorado for violating Ward Churchill's First Amendment rights."

Lane says he will file the lawsuit in Denver District Court so the case can be heard by a state jury.

Churchill touched off a firestorm in 2005 after an essay surfaced which he wrote shortly after 9/11 likening some victims in the World Trade Center to Adolf Eichmann, who helped carry out the Holocaust.

University officials concluded he could not be fired for his comments because they were protected by the First Amendment, but they launched an investigation into allegations that he fabricated or falsified his research and plagiarized the work of others.

In 2006, a university committee found Churchill guilty of academic misconduct, including plagiarism and a faculty panel recommended he be demoted and suspended for a year without pay. In May, CU President Hank Brown recommended Churchill be fired.

Both Brown and Hayes said on Tuesday the board's discussion on Tuesday did not touch on Churchill's comments on 9/11.

Both also said they were not swayed by the threat of legal action.

"I don't think a great university can be intimidated by legal action," said Brown.

"This was an issue of what's best for the university and we had to step up to the plate and do what's best for the university," said Hayes.