Forbes reported Friday that:
The drill team of Port Neches-Groves High School, Port Neches, Texas, known as the “Indianettes”, was criticized for their performance at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. It featured drill team members performing moves that were criticized for perpetuating racist stereotypes against Native Americans, while singing, “Scalp'em, Indians. Scalp'em!”
The group performed with video footage that showed the teens wearing their purple-and-white uniforms, while marching to the band's music.
In the meantime, Cherokee Nation Principal, Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., released a statement about the incident.
He stated that “Port Neches Groves Independent Schools District continues to use offensive, stereotypical depictions of our tribe and this was yet again illustrated by their cheer squad recently in Orlando.”
Jacquee Wahler, a spokesperson for Disney Company, stated that the performance did not reflect their core values. She also said that it was “inconsistent with the audition tape provided by the school. The company will ensure that such an incident does not happen again.”
According to Breitbart News, Disney recently added more warnings about “racist content” to several of its classic movies, including Peter Pan, Fantasia and Lady and the Tramp.
PNGISD responded to Wahler's statement by saying it was “aware” of the concerns regarding the performance of its band and Indianettes at Disney World. KFDM reported Friday.
“We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school districts. The district is close to 100 years old, and our Board of Trustees has committed to making the best decisions possible for our students, staff and the communities of Port Neches and Groves,” the statement concluded.
According to the outlet, a spokesperson for PN-G claimed that the routine has been performed on multiple occasions and not received any complaints from Disney.