Black Indian Confederacy Of North America takes a stand against MTV & Dudesons!
STATEMENT FROM BICONA AGAINST MTV
To whom it many concern:
My name is Thunderwolf and I run an organization called the Black Indian Confederacy Of North America (BICONA); an organization dedicated to bringing attention to the many negative issues within the American Indian community, brought about by networks such as yours. We have opened doors with the NAACP and recently sent a message to the ACLU to get nvolved in our mission for Native rights. Furthermore, the African American community, in general, is being notified and is willing to become involved with the cause.
In regard to MTV's episode entitled "Cowboys and Findians", we find it appalling that in this day and age there are still those who show total disregard for traditional, spiritual and/or religious beliefs, as depicted in film and television. I see MTV's "Cowboys and Findians" as reckless, insulting and repulsive. The episode amounts to nothing more than a modern day American Indian minstrel show; reminiscent of the days of “Black face”. We are here to stand side by side with American Indian movement chapters and all other people/organizations, who, by the way, are of various races, to oppose this act of insensitivity.
MTV should be ashamed and take responsibility by removing this episode and any others that depict indigenous culture as nothing more than a joke... they should also issue a public apology to all indigenous people. I understand that AIM Santa Barbara had asked for a public apology and to remove the episode by June 1st, so if the demanda are not met, we will stand in solidarity with our Indian family, against your network.