Letter: Racial slur against Indians in newspaper
"On May 22, letter writer Burnell J. Petry stated what he had to say, but with no concern to the racial remarks made toward the American Indians.

I am from the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone in Elko, Nev. I did not appreciate the remarks made more than once about "Indian giver," and further I cannot believe that your paper prints such racial slurs.

It seems you have no idea about this word, so, I am going to send you a definition of it: Indian giver (or Indian gift) is a North American English expression used to describe a person who gives something and later wants it back, or something equivalent in return.

The phrase is considered a racial stereotype and is often offensive, as it implies that Native Americans commonly practiced this behavior."

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Larry Eaglebear: Insulted by letter [see fourth item] (The Belleville News-Democrat 6/17)