Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's daughter Christina has repeatedly offended Native Americans with her Indian outfits and musical performances.
Native American activists recently called for Christina to apologize after she posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing an Indian headdress.
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Christina was apparently promoting her band, Pink Pony. She removed the pictured and asked Native Americans to “please forgive us if we innocently adorn ourselves in your beautiful things.”
At the Norman Music Festival last Saturday, Native American activists protested Christina and Pink Pony with signs that read: "You Still Owe Us an Apology" and "Please Forgive Us If We Innocently Oppose You" (video below).
The Indian Country Today Media Network reports, “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.”
“It’s just a sacred outfit, sacred uniform. And the war dance, you know, is also a sacred act,” Louis Fowler, a member of the Choctaw Tribe, told KOCO.
“The fact that it’s like the daughter of the state of Oklahoma, you know, a rich land with native history, native ancestry, native pride, I think that’s what twists the knife a little bit further,” added Fowler.
Pink Pony later said in a statement, "Nothing about our performance was connected in any way to Native American culture. We are sincerely sorry to anyone who was offended by the photograph that started this controversy.”
According to KFOR, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) released a contradictory statement, “On Saturday night, while performing at the Norman Music Festival, my daughter acted in a way that I believe was inappropriate. While she will always be my daughter and I love her very much, I don’t approve of her behavior on that night or that of her band. I have communicated that to Christina.”
The Norman Music Festival also condemned the actions of Pink Pony and Christina Fallin "at our festival on Saturday night.”