Walt Disney World Disney ‘regrets’ the performance of the ‘Indianettes’ drill team
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida. – Walt Disney World officials said a performance by a visiting Texas high school drill crew that used Native American stereotypes, including chants of “scalp ’em,” does not reflect the values of the Florida resort town.
The performance this week at the Magic Kingdom by Port Neches-Grove High School’s “Indianettes” drill team “did not reflect our core values, and we regret that it took place,” the Disney spokeswoman said, Jacquee Wahler, in an emailed statement.
An audition tape the school provided in order to be selected to perform at the theme park complex was inconsistent with the actual performance, the statement said.
‘Cause a bunch of kids on the sidelines chanting “scalp ’em Indians, scalp ’em” is an honor, isn’t it?
And all the natives who attend @pngisd should he just accept that his classmates dehumanize them because of “tradition”, right?
— tara houska ᔖᐳᐌᑴ (@zhaabowekwe) March 18, 2022
Wahler said new measures have been implemented to prevent this from happening again. She did not specify.
In one video of the performance posted to Twitter, members of the drill crew are seen clapping their hands over their mouths and screaming, as a drum blares in the background, in what is stereotypically referred to as a “scream of war”.
Port Neches-Groves School District Superintendent Mike Gonzales and Indianettes Principal Cortnie Schexnaider did not immediately return messages seeking comment. However, the district released a statement to KFDM-TV in Beaumont in which district officials said they were “aware of the concern regarding the performance of our group and the Indianettes at Disney World.”
“We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our school district. Our District is approaching 100 years and our Board of Trustees is committed to always making the best decisions for our students, staff, and the communities of Port Neches and Groves,” the District said.
According to a PN-G spokesperson, this is the 8th time PN-G has performed the routine at Disney World. The spokesperson said Disney never asked about the planned performance in advance.
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