Christina Owen via Red Dirt Report

Native Americans React to Christina Fallin's Fake War Dance Performance

ICTMN Staff
4/28/14

NORMAN, Oklahoma – Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a group of Native parents and their allies from across the country were alerted to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's daughter, Christina Fallin's latest gaff when her band Pink Pony announced via Facebook "I heard Pink Pony was wearing full regalia tonight." Protestors led by Choctaw musician Samantha Crain staged a protest at the Norman Music Festival in Oklahoma, as Native Americans were outraged on social media when Fallin wore a Native American-style fringed shawl with the word "Sheep" on the back and performed a fake war dance while her boyfriend Steven Battles ridiculed the protesters and flipped them off from the stage.

Earlier that day, Crain said on her Facebook page, "Publicity stunt or not, even if they are lying, their attitudes, their insincerity, their irresponsibility, their general lack of caring about anything other than the advancement of themselves deserve a protest. So I will be at the Pink Pony show at NMF tonight. Midnight. black watch stage. Peacefully and quietly picketing with signs to tell them how I feel."

Some of the signs said: "culture is not a costume"; "with all your power, what will you do?"; "you still owe us an apology"; "don't trend on me"; "I am not a costume" and "please forgive us if we innocently oppose you." The last sign was a take on Fallin's non-apology after she posted a photo of herself misappropriating Native America regalia reserved for highly honored leaders for a glamour shot to promote her career. Faced with more Native American protests Fallin attempted to have Crain and supporters removed by security, but they were allowed to remain on private land adjacent to the stage.

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According to a tweet by Chahta Summer, a Choctaw mother, and recent law school graduate Fallin's shawl with "sheep" written on the back was

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If Pink Pony is touting themselves as a punk band, they should completely comprehend the protests. They should also appreciate the more aggressive among us Natives to physically express their dislike of the masquerade. Republicans always point at the poor and the elderly as those who feel "ENTITLEMENT" to the paltry sums the government provides, but the people who REALLY show entitlement are the rich. They feel because they are rich or well-known that the rules of modern society don't apply to them.

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To note the Offensive Conduct is one issue, and to provide a vehicle for Free Publicity is another.......................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................... The Misuse and The Abuse of Symbols, re-acted NAI Dance is very difficult to contain unless it is a Public Display; and then it is limited as to Non-Indians "Right of Expression" unless it is so Offensive as to "Shock The Conscience" of a Reasonable Person................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................... In reality, The Offender is getting "Free Publicity", and The Lawyers are creating "Billable Hours" to be paid by someone or both........................... ........................................................................................................................... NARF would be a good start for The NAI Communities to develop a Practical Strategy of confronting these issues - one that sends a message but curtails Emotional Response and an Expensive Endeavor..................................... ........................................................................................................................... A sad Comment of this Nation is, "Justice Is Not Free", and many Tribes are looked on as having "Casino Deep Pockets", and The Nations must recognize this as one of the motives in this conduct by Non-Indian People.................. ........................................................................................................................... Now, look at the type "music?" that is benefiting from this exposure - it promotes rebellion and lack of respect towards others, so what makes you think you will prick the Conscience of People who don't care unless it hits them in The Pocket Book?....................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................... The reality and the ability to confront all such conduct - and needs to be looked at by the Aggrieved Parties, & use a practical and realistic approach to this "Problem Solving"............................................................................................ ........................................................................................................................... I see a lot of NAI Challenging "Social Injustice", but they are "footing the bill" in more ways then one.... Think Before You Act and Use Reliable,Professional Counsel before you Speak............................................................................. ........................................................................................................................... Spontaneous Declarations normally ignore the Safe Guards of well chosen words; and are Played on by the Other Parties for Free !........................... ...........................................................................................................................

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Rude, insensitive girlband name sounds like 'My Little Pony'...!! WHY would she be so incredibly thoughtless.....???
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