Kris Jenner made headlines earlier this week after saying that she “hate[s] an Indian giver.” The comment came in response to a “Good Morning America”
host asking if her daughter Kim Kardashian would be returning an
expensive engagement ring to soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries. Now,
the National Congress of American Indians has gotten involved, saying
that the comments were “wrong and hurtful.”
“I hate an Indian giver, don’t you? It’s a gift … keep your gift, ” Jenner said on Thursday about the $2 million dollar ring.
In a statement made to RadarOnline, the National Congress of American Indians called Jenner’s comments “wrong and hurtful.”
“Once again American Indians and Alaska Natives have been
misrepresented by a single misinformed statement. Native American people
serve in our country’s military at disproportionate rates, are
respected business leaders, citizens of the United States, members of
Congress, professional athletes, musicians, teachers and active
participants in civic life,” Jacqueline Johnson Pata, Executive Director
of the National Congress of American Indians, told RadarOnline.
The phrase “Indian giving” is wrong and hurtful,” she added. “The
cultural values of Native Americans are based on giving unconditionally
and empowering those around them. Instead this cultural value is
forgotten when negative stereotyping of Native people occurs.
“November is Native American Heritage Month and this moment calls for
a reflection on the contributions of America’s first peoples to this
great country. There are over 5 million US citizens identified as
American Indians or Alaska Natives and 565 federally recognized tribal
nations. This November we’re focused on celebrating 1.7 million Native
youth under the age of 18 that face many challenges. There are many
hopeful solutions and we invite the Jenner and Kardashian family to join
with the country in learning more during Native American Heritage
The Kardashians don't exactly have an awesome track record with sensitivity towards Native issues. Khloe wore a headdress a few months ago, twice, and for Dancing with the Stars on Halloween, Kourtney (and Mason, her son) wore Indian costumes. Though they claim Native heritage (vomit).