I was drawn to the headline of an article written by Rebecca Sinderbrand appearing in Washington Post June 10 issue under the headline “Trump, and the GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem.” The text reads;
Trump didn't launch any fresh controversy this week. But some favorite lines are making for uncomfortable moments on Capitol Hill. Like, say, this one: "It was a bad time for Sen. Cory Gardner to be caught in an elevator with a reporter. Donald Trump had just referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as 'Pocahontas' — again — and the Republican freshman from Colorado was struggling to figure out how to respond. "'I think people need to be treated with respect, and that’s what we’ve demanded from everyone,' he offered.
Kenkyu-sha’s “Readers English Japanese Dictionary" at hand introduces 'Pocahontas' as:
(1595-1617) A daughter of American Indian, Powhatan. She is remembered as a legendary woman who saved the life of John Smith, a leader of the colony of James-town. She married John Rolfe who contributed to the development and improvement of tobacco cultivation. She is admired as the great contributor to the construction and development of the British colony.
I don’t understand why the reference to such a legendary and reputable personality who contributed to the development of agriculture in the early period of American history causes a “Problem.”
What implications do “Pocahontas problem” have in association with the context of the Presidential race.
Please have in mind that I have no intent to discuss political correctness / un-correctness of this specific phrase. I simply would like to know what 'Pocahontas' rhetorically or figuratively means, not politically.