Oscar-winning folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie slams investigation into Indigenous ancestry

Buffy Sainte-Marie condemned the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's probe into her alleged forgery of Native American origin, calling it "traumatizing and unfair."

"This has been incredibly re-traumatizing for me and unfair to all involved," the Academy Award winner stated in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

Sainte-Marie's remarks came after the CBC aired an investigative piece titled "Making an Icon," which included some of the folk singer's family members as well as a birth certificate that she claimed she had never seen previously.

Following the film's premiere, Sainte-Marie was dubbed a "pretendian," a term used to describe those who pretend to be Indigenous.

"The attack on my character is full of mistakes and omissions," she went on to say. "While I will not stoop to respond to every false allegation, I feel it is important to clarify two things."

"It hurts me deeply to discover that my estranged family grew up scared of me and thinking these lies because of a letter I sent intended to protect me from further abuse from my brother," she went on to say.

Sainte-Marie rose to prominence in the 1960s for her folk music, performing at music festivals and showing her Cree background, eventually being voted Billboard's Best New Artist before appearing on Sesame Street in the 1970s,

where she won multiple honors, including an Oscar in 1983.

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