Native Americans Surprisingly Unhappy With Speidi Making a Mockery of Their Proud Heritage

Alex Blagg / April 1, 2010

What’s in a name? If you’re Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, a whole lot of outrage. The Hills villains, who earlier this week announced that they were adopting the “true Native American names” of Running Bear and White Wolf in an effort to get “more in-tune with our spirituality,” are catching a lot of heat from the Native American  community. We know; shocking, right?

One representative from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota seethes,

“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 National Indian Education Association, meanwhile, complains that Montag and Pratt “have taken an inaccurate stereotypical approach to enhance their public image which is offensive to our diverse American Indian cultures.” The association’s statement goes on to note,

“We hope they are taking their ‘self-improvement’ journey seriously.”

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, taking anything seriously? Apparently they don’t watch a lot of The Hills at NIEA headquarters.