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 Month.”.