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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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106.

Rich    

Well those two are entitled to be named and I dont think a soux indian has anything to say about it. If those two want to be identified by their indian names that is a good thing for them. I could give a rats ass what the soux indians think about it. I have never met a soux indian that had too much good to say. As a matter of fact every time the US government creates programs for indians the soux think it is for just them. that is there mentality and they are a jealous, greedy bunch with no integrity.

1611 days ago
107.

Feedin them    

These morons are getting what they want out of us NATIVES. a REACTION. Thats how they get famous. Riding dirty.

1611 days ago
108.

Thunder Thighs    

To annie shit! Let us murder 300 of your women and children. Take your church as big as roade island. then we will call it even.

1611 days ago
109.

Feedin them    

IKTOMI IS HERE. LOL

1611 days ago
110.

Feedin them    

To annesh.
Let us take MURDER 300 of your women and children, Take your church about big as RoadeIsland and then we will call it even. Maybe. 300 for 300.

1611 days ago
111.

Lila Leader Charge    

TO CHIEF LACKANOOKIE

First of all my brother and I are great descendants of Chief Rain in the Face and we are proud to be who are and what we come from and that is why we speak out for our people. I appreciate all those who have felt sympathy for us and let us know how they are sorry for what their ancestors did to our ancestors. FYI chief lackanookie my brother has been on the red road for quite some time now which means that he has been alcohol and drug free for our people and for most of all himself. He is a great role model for all the younger generations to come and we are all proud of him! Im sure you cant say the same for yourself as you so plainly made yourself look so stpuid on this web site. So thank-you for your ridiculous comments and please get over your ingorrance. I am proud of mi tiblo (my brother) for speaking for our people and stand strong brave LEON LEADER CHARGE as you always have.

1610 days ago
112.

Noel    

If they want to be Native, Why don't you help out the Indian Communities? or visit a reservation...And no it doesn't just have to be **LAKOTA, DAKOTA, NAKOTA Tribes (not sioux...White people gave them that name, like the rest of the tribes un-proper name namings that were given b/c the whites couldn't pronounce OR give them a whole different name of what they were saying I.E. Eskamos are actually inuits, navajo are Dine(Din-ae), Chippewa are Anishinabae...ECT. IF YOU *ALL* REALLY DID CARE, WHY DON'T THEY HELP GET A LEGAL LAWSUIT AGAINST YALE UNIVERSITY ABOUT GIVING BACK GERONIMOS' REMAINS BACK TO HIS TRIBE!! THIS ISN'T ABOUT WHOSE SMART OR WHAT RELIGION YOU ARE, ITS ABOUT TAKING ACTION, HAVING RESPECT, AND DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FROM YOUR HEART! NOT WHAT YOUR PAID TO DO...TO HAVE HUMILITY,RESPECT,LOVE, AND FORGIVENESS

1610 days ago
113.

AnnieSH    

To Owen Marshall

I grew up in South Dakota and saw first hand how most of the Sioux are predujudice against all races, and they constantly complain about how the 'Washichu' stole your land, killed your people, etc etc, and so they stay on the reservation, isolate themselves from EVERYONE, and live in crappy homes with no electricity. All because of their pride and because they think 'we' owe them something. But not everyone in American is the direct descendants of those murderous 'Washichus'.

BTW, there are other Indian tribes who have kept their culture and became part of the American society. Are they true Native Americans or have they turned into 'apples'? Remember, you are not the only tribe. My daughter is part Cherokee and my grandchildren are Pascua Yaqui.

(to those who do not know: Washichu means honkey and most of the Sioux care not for them)

1610 days ago
114.

eagleman lakota sioux    

Hey celeberties, would you go to haiti and steal voodoo from them? Come to indifan country and do that very same thing. You now cursed yourself....you'll stay famous till you reach your last end of the rope you will hang yourself with. You think our tradition is harmless, continue to name yoursef with sioux names your life will quickly change for the worst....I will pray for you both....chief eagleman....usmc retired...

1610 days ago
115.

Concerned Native    

Here we are again played into ripping at each others throats for something so idiotic. Yes, we should not speak for other tribes but only have spoken because we felt that our tribe had been targeted. Again, some are here bashing at each other because they don't want to be spoken for and yet can't seem to come togather as relatives to support each other in a time of need. Out there sit people of all races watching this and made to form their own opinion, which most are laughing and saying "There they go again." Yes, grant you that many native people have chose to stay on the reservations but some have not. No one is perfect. I think if we all were perfect,we wouldn't exist. Like one man said, the medicine will come and only because they have done this to themselves. TMZ obviously does not have respect for others due to the fact that they use the names that were not properly given or even earned. What comes around goes around. Those two will have to deal with a greater power.

1610 days ago
116.

Thunder Thighs    

Being a full blood native....they need to shut the fuck up....them and their ingnorance....AS* HOLES

1607 days ago
117.

Gee    

why are you guys wasting your time and effort worrying about what those two are doing. That's crazy what they are doing, but who really cares. It don't really bother me

1600 days ago
118.

Thunder Thighs    

They should have known people were going to be upset over this... oooooh Speidi
http://kl.am/9o0v

1599 days ago
119.

Thunder Thighs    

1599 days ago
120.

Dette    

If you are ashamed of your culture, then you should do something to bring pride to your given birth name. That will not be done by imposing on our culture; it dishonors our oyate.

1598 days ago
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