Here's Professor Eric Cheyfitz lying through his teeth in the Fall 2009 (special "Academic Freedom" issue) of South Atlantic Quarterly (ht Leah)
After taking up nearly a third of the 124-page report with this event, [CU's investigating sub-committee] conceded that Churchill’s claim that the epidemic was purposefully started by the U.S. Army’s distribution of infected blankets, although disputed by certain, mostly non-Native scholars, had significant support in Native oral traditions and was therefore supported by historical evidence.
...Perhaps this will refresh his memory (Investigating Subcommittee's report, pp. 81-82):
BTW: Point Number 1 of the above-cited 7-point list does, in fact, state "We do not find academic misconduct with respect to his general claim that the U.S. Army deliberately spread smallpox to Mandan Indians at Fort Clark in 1837, using infected blankets." But since the subcommittee then goes on to find fatal flaws in every single step of Churchill's "scholarship" in the Mandan smallpox episode, the report takes on a distinct "The Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper" irony.4. We found serious problems in the following areas:a. Professor Churchill misrepresented some of the published sources he cites, which do not in fact support his accounts.5. The problems mentioned here appear in printed form over a period of ten years and generally become more extreme over time.
b. Because neither his own statements nor our investigation produced evidence to support some of his more detailed claims, we conclude that Professor Churchill has created myths under the banner of academic scholarship. Those points are:
(1) That infected blankets were taken from a military infirmary in St. Louis.c. Professor Churchill provided insufficient evidence in his essays to support his assertions that as many as 100,000, 125,000, 250,000, or 400,000 Western American Indians died in the smallpox pandemic of 1837-1840 (different numbers appear in different essays). Nor did he provide further information when requested by this Committee.
(2) That an army doctor or post surgeon advised the Indians to scatter once smallpox broke out among them, thereby spreading the disease.
(3) That the army had stored rather than administered a smallpox vaccine distributed for the purpose of inoculating Indians.
6. Although Professor Churchill appeared in his submissions to our Committee to acknowledge that several of his claims are not supported by the evidence, he emphasized that he plans to re-publish with only minor changes in wording, not substantive revisions, the essay that provides the fullest—and most extreme—account of the Fort Clark situation.
7. We therefore find by a preponderance of the evidence a pattern of deliberate academic misconduct involving falsification, fabrication, and serious deviation from accepted practices in reporting results from research.
Also BTW: PB took a look at some of Cheyfitz's other flights of fancy here. And here. And here. And here. And Professor Thomas Brown eviscerated Churchill's smallpox castle in the sky (along with the subcommittee's insupportable "no misconduct" conclusion) here.
Meanwhile. DrunkaScold takes a clueless teacher to task about the Dan Rather of Academia (or one of them), Michael "Fabricated, Made-Up Accounts Further The Truth" Yellowbird.
Means-while, AIMsters aplenty will attend the rally protesting the team nickname "Fighting Sioux" at the University of North Dakota. We suggest the school honor the AIMsters themselves by renaming their team "Quarrelsome Fatuous Blowhards."