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Company CFO allegedly makes racist statements against Native Americans

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The CFO of a telecommunications company in Lansing is under fire after allegedly making racist comments about Native Americans in a voice mail recording.

Kirk Shewchuck, CFO of apparently unknowingly left the voicemail for Donald Seal, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Planning Engineer on May 6.

In a press release issued by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, the conversation was transcribed:

"We'll see what happens. Those f----- Indians. Let's call them red men. You know what? F--- you! Let's sic the Sault Sioux tribe on you! Let's get a good old fashioned Indian war going! Woo woo woo woo woo (laughter)... go up to the reservation and so you don't want a wireless tower here? You know what happens to your cell phone signals... (laughter)... I'll turn it back on in a few minutes after you agree to... maybe they would like that."

Tribal Chief Steve Pago issued the following statement about the situation:

"These statements are just as irresponsible and disrespectful as those made by outspoken and often offensive Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. I wonder if CEO Kevin Schoen tolerates this type of racial and vulgar activity by his executives?"

A representative from told TV5 they are aware of the incident and they would like to meet with tribal leaders before anything is discussed publicly.

To hear the entire audio conversation, go to

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