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Native American Backlash Over Speidi Names

4/1/2010 1:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Running Bear and White Wolf aren't exactly being embraced by the community they hoped to join ... in fact, several Native American groups are lashing out at the reality stars over their "ignorant" name changes.



After the people formally known as Heidi and Spencer announced their new names, TMZ spoke with a rep from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, who told us, "Continued stereotyping such as this by people ignorant of our traditional ways is very disrespectful and only hurts our efforts to curtail these stereotypes."

The rep claims they're especially upset because "the names they have given themselves are legitimate names in our tribe." And they're not the only ones pissed at the MTV couple ...

The National Indian Education Association tells us, "they have taken an inaccurate stereotypical approach to enhance their public image which is offensive to our diverse American Indian cultures."

They add, "We hope they are taking their 'self-improvement' journey seriously."
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Anya    

I've got a couple good all-american names for them......... a-hole #1 and a-hole #2.

1634 days ago
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gary    

TMZ cant you find some other talentless ignorant idiots to do news on. Quit giving them coverage they don't deserve. Let them die away alone and forgotten.

1634 days ago
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Stacey    

I cant wait to hear retard bears stupid response LOL

effing twits

1634 days ago
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Joe    

How bout White C*m Stain for her... and Running L*ad for him ?

1634 days ago
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Thunder Thighs    

Masters of - Creating Hate & Discontent :)

We should send them to France, as ambassadors of...

Hell, who cares just send them to France! or Antarctica, make them ministers of cool - super cool, fucking freezing, cuddle a penguin cool.

1634 days ago
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Lyndsey-Catastrophe    

Good. These two are a disgrace and only care about being famous, they don't give a rats ass who they hurt just so long as they get what they want. You don't give yourselves a Native American name just so you can be more spiritual, that is a load of crap, you wanna be more spiritual, do yoga or something. Your Native names are given to you by your family, and you have to have done something to earn them. And Heidi, you are the opposite of a Wolf, those are majestic, beautiful creatures, you decided to get a ton of plastic surgery to make yourself 'beautiful' and to look like everyone else. Shame on you Heidi, Shame.

1634 days ago
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CriticAl    

LOL!Everyone hates you Herpes 1 & 2!

1634 days ago
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A\'Lea    

All the money you are making from this ridiculous publicity stunt should be donated TO the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Have you ever been to this or ANY reservation? Trust me when I say.. we DONT want YOU associated with us!!! We work hard to defend ourselves AGAINST trash like you.

1634 days ago
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Anya    

Two of the biggest turds around. They'll do anything for attention. Wonder what they'll come up with next.

1634 days ago
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Michelle    

Of course there's going to be some backlash, I don't know how Heidi and Spencer thought there wasn't going to be. They are so stupid.

1634 days ago
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keri    

how bout they both share the same name since there so in sync with each other......RUNNINGSTUPIDS

1634 days ago
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Elvis Twin    

The Sioux Tribe should take the high road and not let these obvious morons bother them.

1634 days ago
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Thunder Thighs    

The Red Man is a prideful person. What these two tools are doing is disgusting and a mockery of Native American culture. They're scumbags, that's what they are.. theyre fucking scum bags.

1634 days ago
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Noel    

HEY TMZ!!
THAT "NATIVE" ON THE COMMERICAL, YOU KNOW THE ONE WITH A TEAR IN HIS EYE! HE'S REALLY ITALIAN!! *THE MORE YOU KNOW*
MS.BEAR KING

1634 days ago
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ohellnaw    

i am actually from the neighboring reservation (pine ridge), these idiots would never make it as a native, come to the reservation and see what happens to you, i dare you!!!!

1634 days ago
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