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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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Rich    

Who does the Soux Indians think they are? They are not the only Indians in this country and we could care less what these two individuals call them selves. Soux indians are not very bright and IO think they believe they are the only indians in this country and they think they dictate indian policy. Well they dont, and most indians think they are an ignorant, nonintelligent tribe. i just thought everyone should know what real indians think. ps we could care less what those two call themselves and we dont care what you call your football team.

1615 days ago
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doc murry    

Who does the Soux Indians think they are? They are not the only Indians in this country and we could care less what these two individuals call them selves. Soux indians are not very bright and IO think they believe they are the only indians in this country and they think they dictate indian policy. Well they dont, and most indians think they are an ignorant, nonintelligent tribe. i just thought everyone should know what real indians think. ps we could care less what those two call themselves and we dont care what you call your football team.

Posted at 8:44AM on Apr 1st 2010 by Rick



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Hey Ricky... you keep saying we we we..What do you have a mouse in your pocket???

1615 days ago
48.

MindyD    

Why does ANYONE give a rats behind about these two? She should be called "Stands with implants" and He should be called "Running with Skank"

1615 days ago
49.

Pat    

Why does TMZ keep covering these two morons????

1615 days ago
50.

Bob    

Wouldn't "Cheap Plastic Slut" and "Unknown Fame Pimp" be more realistic?

1615 days ago
51.

anything    

Honestly, who the heck are these two? I would never have heard of them if not for TMZ.

1615 days ago
52.

maria tortilla    

Well, from what I understand the Hills is ending, so they have to try and figure out something to do to keep them in the spotlight, since they have no real talent. They know their 15 mins of fame is almost up. Dont worry guys, they are almost gone forever!!

1615 days ago
53.

Sloane    

of course there is backlash and they knew there would be

this couple will do ANYTHING to keep their name/photo out there

the best thing gossip sites/media/public can do is ignore them and not feed into their obsession with fame

1615 days ago
54.

justagirl    

It's INSANELY disrespectful to all Native American tribes as these two fools try and slither their way into their overextended 15 minutes of fame. To Heidi and Spencer, you go above and beyond the meaning of dumbing down America. You are a complete embarrassment to yourselves and your family. You have no contribution to society what so ever...so please do us all a BIG, HUGE favor and contact your mothership and return to whatever planet it is you came from.

1615 days ago
55.

stas    

Negative attention is still attention. I'm sure they knew there'd be a backlash but it got them into the spotlight one more time. If we would all ignore these people they would go away.

1615 days ago
56.

sst226    

I am 1/8 Cherokee, and I am very pissed off at them idiots. Native names are for only for Native American Culture to celebrate their lives and history. These rich morons don't care about this. I wanted to learn my family ties to Cherokee Culture and history from beginnning thru trail of tears from southern states to Oklahoma during 1800's to today. I don't have a native name because my family don't need it, but still respect the culture. Spenser and Heidi should called themselves "S**!1" & "S**!2"
DON'T DISRESPECT NATIVE AMERICANS!!

1615 days ago
57.

doc murry    

Few years ago it seemed like every bimbo I dated said she was part Indian,like I could give a crap.Just get naked and shut the hell up.

1615 days ago
58.

JPETE    

Better names would be "Running Mouth" and "White Silicon"

1615 days ago
59.

Rex    

LMAO at the Herpes 1 and Herpes 2 comment. Ain't it the truth??? These two clearly have shizz for brains. Now that Spence has decided to go all native, I'll bet the sheep are nervous.

1615 days ago
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Rex    

So, the Indians dissed them. Whatever will they do now? Maybe they should try to become Polish or something.

1615 days ago
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