The Week in Review ending February 14
Andre 3000 of the hip-hop group OutKast performs at 46th annual GRAMMY show.
Photo © AP.
Flap over GRAMMY show draws attention
A GRAMMY performance by a popular hip-hop group prompted protests
in Indian Country this week but it took the mainstream media
a while to catch on.
The American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco led the
charge, calling for a boycott of television network CBS and producers of
the GRAMMYs. By week's end, the president of the National
Congress of American Indians decried the "mockery" of
Indian culture by the group OutKast. Even Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) commented on the "green
Indians" that were on stage.
CBS apologized to anyone who was offended the display but
thousands of Native Americans and their supporters signed
a petition seeking a more public recognition.
The attention prompted mainstream news outlets to
find out exactly what was going on. The reports were generally
positive, devoid of the negative comments often associated
with the campaign against mascots.
"It's not acceptable to mock Indian culture," said NCAI President
Tex Hall at a Senate hearing that turned to the topic.
"A lot of the momentum is developing
in Indian Country to say, 'Enough is enough,'" observed Sen. Ben
Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.).
Get the Story:
Jemez Pueblo group, Black Eagle, wins GRAMMY
GRAMMY performance irks many in Indian
CBS offers apology
for group's GRAMMY peformance (2/10)
Oneida Nation calls GRAMMY performance
TV Critic: Public ignoring offensive
E! Online: GRAMMY show offensive to Natives
Editorial: 'Apology' for GRAMMY performance
Native GRAMMY winner, Tom Bee upset with
Suzan Harjo: Stank you very much, Andre 3000
Navajos upset over use of Beauty Way song
Reznet News: Students react to OutKast
Tribes criticize Bush budget a hearing
Despite documented needs in Indian Country, the Bush administration
is cutting and scaling back money for critical programs, tribal
leader said at a Senate hearing this week.
Members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee agreed with the
tribal assessments. The said they would try to boost funding for
law enforcement, health, education and other programs.
Get the Story:
Trust reform funded at expense of Indian
White House rates BIA programs using new
Tribes blasting Bush administration budget
Bush administration budget comes under fire
There's still more to read in the recap
of the top stories.