TED NUGENT: Fires Back About Headdress
The rocker’s office affirms his admiration for Native Americans.
Ted Nugent recently received a letter from a Native American who wrote, “I would appreciate if you would please take down the photo [from his website] of Ted wearing the aboriginal headdress with a bow n’ arrow and gun in his hands. I find this very disrespectful and insulting to my cultural background. I feel with Ted’s recent outburst of racism that he is trying to convey aboriginals as ‘unclean vermin.’ I will not stand for this kind of blatant racism.”
Nugent’s office posted a response on his website, saying, “Mr. Nugent has a long history of working with a wide variety of Native American tribes across our great country. He has never used the term ‘unclean vermin’ to describe Native Americans. On the contrary, Ted has been an honored guest at many tribal meetings, has worked with Native American youth, and was humbled to be inducted into the Strongheart Society by the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes.”
It goes on to say, “Mr. Nugent wears the headdress as a sign of reverence, and deep respect for the Native American culture and traditions. So no, we will not be taking the photos down.”
A Native American tribe recently canceled his show at its Idaho casino next month over what they felt were racist comments.