Daughter of Oklahoma Governor Poses in Headdress

By Toyacoyah Brown on March 7, 2014
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Buzzfeed reports that the daughter of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin posted pictures of herself in a headdress on her Facebook and Instagram account. The pictures were supposed to be promotional material for her band Pink Pony. Buzzfeed captured some of the comments from Twitter users about the pictures.

Maybe she was confused and heard Indian band instead of Indie band.


After enough backlash, the band issued the usual sorry, not sorry apology.


“Please forgive us if we innocently adorn ourselves in your beautiful things. We do so with the deepest respect.”

Given her mother is Governor of a state with over a dozen tribes, you would think she would know better?

TOPICS: Blog, Native American Culture

26 Responses to “Daughter of Oklahoma Governor Poses in Headdress”

  1. Judith Zech says:

    Perhaps she needs some of Graham Greene’s fresh wound reliever “advertised” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3QOM4JxZQo.

  2. lanette says:

    The gov is mary fallin, the girls mother is the gov.

  3. Scott says:

    Have you been following Governor Fallin? As a resident of Oklahoma, let me just say that it must run in the family.

  4. Oona says:

    Her mother is governor, not her father. But this is a good point, anyhow.

  5. Crowwitch says:

    Well let’s not get our knickers in a knot. How about you publish a photo of a First Nations sister in a “bra”. Do you think that non First Nations people would be all pissed at that? C’mon, there is one race that can think and read, the HUMAN race. We have to get along, stop the petty pissing contests and pull together against what is really important. We cannot ever change the past, we can change the now and the future by letting go of the “you did-they did” pettiness. Let’s all play nice. And, by the way, Indians are from India. First Nations Peoples/Aboriginal Peoples do not and I mean NOT use the word INDIAN. The past is gone. Love, Crow.

    • Obliya Tate' says:

      First off, there is a HUGE difference between a bra and a Headdress. As far as identifying yourself…I don’t care what you call yourself. The American Government treaties have been made with American Indians. We identify as American Indians in our legal dealings with the government. AIM identifies as American Indian. I personally am Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota. I agree that we need to get along, but this is so disrespectful to our people. The ‘real’ equivalent would be your Native Sister in a crown of thorns.

  6. Shannon Lusty says:

    How is she gonna act all naive about what headdresses mean to Natives when she is from Oklahoma??? SMH..

  7. Josh (muskogee co.) says:

    Try 39 tribes. My two cents on the whole headdress thing is not so much THAT a person wears one, but HOW it is worn and how it is made (authentically or mockingly). Yes, this headdress is made with dyed turkey feathers, but as far as the form and design go, I’ve seen similarly designed articles at powwows, and this photo doesn’t look like she’s being overtly disrespectful. It’s supposed to be artistic. And by the way, I’m in NO WAY a fan of Governor Fallin.

    • Tina Singleton says:

      I personally think it was in poor taste. If she was as connected as she says she is she would know not to do this. No comment from the governor hum just goes to show you Govenor Fallin thinks her children do no wrong and the rest of us are the bad ones. She is making a laughing stock out of Oklahoma and allowing her children to do the same. What do we expect from our political leaders she should have been voted out last term nod took her children with her.

  8. Annie Barnes says:

    Do something you know is wrong, give a pissy little apology and get all the publicity you wanted. Oh yeah, remind me not to buy anything by Pink Pony

  9. melissa frenchman says:

    I don’t know, as native american or Indiana as I prefer, maybe you should just look at it in a different light. Our heritage is so respected and admired that these white people want to be like us rather than be offended at every drop of a hat. None of the “white man” living today did any of the cruel unspeakable acts that our ANCESTOR’S went through. Maybe we should work on breaking the stereotypical crap and change the future that we have control of rather than continue to live in the past. You learn from the past to make a better future. Not to hold grudges and remain where we are.

  10. Fightsbear/Lakota says:

    Come on you Native guys ! Get over yourselves ! She looks great in a Headdress; certainly better than the Village People guy or the half million actors who have done “Chief” scenes in films for 70 years. Some of you Native Actors have no ancestral right to wear such a headdress but you do it, on film and for pow wows, where is the cry over that ?
    Do some thing to help provide work and food for the unemployed Natives across the country, then you won’t have time to sit around and be jealous about some poor white girl.Make your cause HELPING Natives instead of criticizing others…

  11. Josiah says:

    She is the Daughter of Governor Mary Fallin, who by the way has shown her true colors to Natives in Oklahoma in the Baby Veronica Case, yeah the apple does not fall far from the tree….

  12. John says:

    Disrespectful to all Native Tribes. Mary Fallin is typical of all government leaders in the fact that none of them give a sh*t about the Native Americans. Let’s show her how we feel at the ballot box.

  13. Bent says:

    When will people quit being offended needlessly. I am quite certain that when Indians are wearing Levi’s no white man gets offended and expects an apology …. this is very sad indeed. and pathetic.

  14. Bernie says:

    Correction her mother is the Governor or Oklahoma, NOT Tribes. Tribes have their own Government. ;-)

  15. maria says:

    @bent when you try to compare wearing a geaddress to wearing levi jeans yiu show how ignorant youre truly being thus deeming yourself unworthy of posting that opinion

  16. Shawnee Woman says:

    Fallin’s daughter is only showing how the rich white people are expressing their entitlement they feel they deserve, why should she care who she insults, she is happy, just like her mommy was happy to team up with Nikki Haley to screw over a war veteran and force his daughter into a unethical adoption because the people who wanted the four year old are also rich white people who are entitled.

  17. Tina Singleton says:

    I am reading the white man could get offended by things the native American does. So answer me this has the native American population gone out of their way made promises that they did not keep. This is answered in one word NO. Has the white man always been disrespectful of the Native American yes starting with our treaties and still being disrespected today. Do you realize if it was not for the casinos in this state our school system would suck worse than it does. The white man said the lottery would be for education not its lining the white mans pocket while the tribal gaming systems have almost single handed funded our education system. Think we deserve a little respect especially from someone in the governor’s inner circle.

  18. Al Whitaker says:

    It is possible she wore the headdress in ignorance. The fact that there are 39? tribes in that state in no way indicates that the white population is taught tribal etiquette. When was the last time an attempt was made to educate the public the ways of our people? Knowledge does not come by osmosis. Each tribal member had to be taught by members of each tribe or you wouldn’t know, either.

  19. Timothy Gehrke says:

    The first step to “get along” is to be more respectful of people of other cultures. Of course if you know nothing of history that can cause you to misstep. If you live in Oklahoma and don’t know that the land you stand on was to be Indian land after all the other land was taken from them…well, maybe you should pick up a book instead of a war bonnet. Timothy

  20. Just Me says:

    I see authentic First Nation items for sale by First Nations People — jewelry, beaded clothing, checkbook covers, moccasins … all different kinds of ornamentations for sale to anyone with bank account. Yet, this woman wears a headdress in photograph and she is an object of scorn. Why? This makes no sense to me.

  21. Bailey says:

    Not willing any longer to give these spoiled rich white folks a pass…Cher, Christine falling Heidi Klum, Victoria’s Secret, Dan Snyder…enough…this picture shows nothing but disrespect. For those who say we Natve people need to stop getting upset. Wrong. Disrespect is what got us dead..

  22. Vance Hawkins says:

    Gov. Fallin is a TERRIBLE governor. Even on a windy day, the pecan doesn’t fall far from the tree that produced it.

    I remember my mother years back talking about my father’s family. She’d say, “Oh, those Hawkinses! They never forgive anything!” Hearing that made me try not to hold grudges.

    So maybe the daughter will learn to be different from her mother. But maybe like most of us, she won’t learn anything at all.

  23. Lucinda says:

    I don’t think she meant disrespect. The picture was meant to be elegant, art. I see a lot of hate directed at Caucasians by many races because of what “we” did. My father came here at 16, earned his citizenship, learned English, and worked hard his entire life only have public assistance once for maybe 3 months when there was an issue at the factory where he worked. I however face disrespect by other races who take things out on me because I am white. Let’s see, if I did that to someone else it would be called racism. Why don’t people look at the PERSON rather than just getting overly offended? Maybe take the time to write more for the rest of to learn what it means to your culture rather than just bitching. This is the perfect opportunity to educate and have people see it, rather than whine and bitch. Seize the opportunity and stop judging all white people based on the past. Some of us had NOTHING to do with it!

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