November 05, 2011 06:03:09 GMT
The National Congress of American Indians slams Kris Jenner after she says she hates an Indian giver in response to the question if her daughter should return her $2 million engagement ring.
Kris Jenner has found herself in hot water. The mother of Kim Kardashian was recently criticized by the National Congress of American Indians for her "Indian giver" comment in answering question about whether or not Kim should return her $2 million engagement ring now that she's divorcing Kris Humpries.
"The phrase 'Indian giving' is wrong and hurtful," said Jacqueline Johnson Pata, the executive director of the tribal advocacy group, in a statement. "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."
Pata went on to invite the Jenner and Kardashian family to "join with the country in learning more" about American Indian culture. Another non-profit organization that serves the Native American community, Reconnecting the Circle, also made similar statement in response to Jenner's comment.
The organization's president Danielle Gaines told Radar Online, "We are not about laying blame. We want to educate people like Kris Jenner that there are certain negative stereotypes in our American imagery and colloquialisms that are hurtful and false, especially to our youth." She added, "We are trying to build awareness so people can learn what not to say."
Jenner visited "Good Morning America" on Thursday, November 3 to promote her new memoir when she was asked about things related to her daughter's divorce from husband of 72 days. When the discussion turned to Kim's engagement ring, she said, "I hate an Indian giver. It's a gift ... keep your gift."