Now Puyallup Tribe Cancel Show – Nugent Lashes Out Against “Vermin”

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown July 31st, 2014 Last Updated on: July 31st, 2014

Last week the Coeur d'Alene canceled a Ted Nugent show at their casino and soon after the Puyallup Tribe followed suit. The Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA has removed Nugent's Aug. 2-3 shows from their calendar.

“The first amendment gives people the right to free speech,” Lawrence W. LaPointe of the Puyallup Tribe, which runs the casino, said. “But I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here. We’ve been getting lots of complaints from the community and other organizations. I don’t want to take away his right to say what he wants to say, but we don’t need it here.”

Via Ted Nugent Facebook

Via Ted Nugent Facebook


In an interview with Gannett Wisconsin Media, Nugent had this to say about his haters.

“I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy. Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway.”

So wait, who are the unclean vermin? I hope he's not calling us all vermin here.

After all the hoopla about the concert cancellations and the photos circulating of Ted Nugent in a headdress, someone wrote and asked him to take the photos on his Facebook down. Here was his response via his assistant on Facebook:

Greetings from Tedquarters.

Mr. Nugent has a long history of working with a wide variety of Native American Tribes across our great country.

He has been an honored guest at many tribal meetings, has worked with Native American youth, and was honored and humbled to be inducted into the Strongheart Society by the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes.

Mr. Nugent served as the Keynote Speaker for Native American Fish & Wildlife Society National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as for The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in Michigan, and we were proud to host Native American Dancers from the Grand Traverse Band as our special guests for a performance before a crowd of 15,000 in Detroit.

Ted was asked by tribal elders in Nebraska to instruct their youth in current methodologies of shooting with bow and arrow, which he cited as one of the most rewarding experiences in his lifelong career as an outdoorsman and hunter.

One of Ted's most revered songs, Great White Buffalo, disparages the greed of the white man and sends a message of hope for Native Americans who revere Mother Earth and our natural renewable resources.

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.

Best regards,

Linda Peterson

Assistant to Mr. Nugent

So what do you think, should he take the photos down?


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Deborah Dove

I liked his album Toys in the Attic like years ago but not the man because of his lack of revere for animals. No surprise he is disrespectfull of women and a racist too.
He has deep ego problems.


this pig is disrespectful of all life, not just human, just animal, or certain races. if you see him on TV gloating about his kills when hunting—loved the one where he said in a reverent whisper–“this is it man…just like our forebears (OUR?!) did it a thousand years ago here man…. sneak up and kill your food with your hands, man….” all while using a $4000 graphite compound bow with laser sights, hi-tech string silencer, wearing low UV camos, big camera crew and hunting guide pro to spot and sight in the game,heated blind, $10,000 atvs to get out there. Yeah, he knows all about how we hunted 1000 years ago. He’s a piece of sh*t. I won’t even let my husband watch him on TV anymore. Sickens me…and my son was raised to despise anyone like him, of any race or creed. They are as foul to us as anything can be.

samuel johnson

Any time someone who says racist things about a people shows their total lack of respect for those being attacked, I am a full Alaskan Tlingit and am glad tribes are cancelling his shows, this is a way to show that racism and racist comments will not be tolerated by anyone no matter who they think they are.

Ben Lunt

Oh, and by the way, as far as the picture of him in this article, I would not pursue the issue. Instead, like the Amish, I would recommend straight ‘shunning’ of the man and all his politics and rants. There will come a time when he lashes out again, and hurts himself more, and drops the affectations he adopts of his own free will. To fight him is to give him honor as a worthy enemy. He is not worthy of such respect. Now, those Washington, D.C. football players. That’s different. I wonder if they’d be proud to be called the Washington Whiteskins? Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Ben Lunt

This man, like all people, has good qualities and bad. It is my opinion that his opinion of himself is far too grand for the person I see, and whatever good is there is buried so deeply beneath the bad as to be unnoticeable. I would not have him in my home or care to hear him speak or read anything he says. Too often I have seen people of extremely bad character donate money and services to noble causes as a way to publicly and internally excuse themselves for their misdeeds. They do this rather than apologize and attempt to improve the behavior, probably because they have no intention of changing, but regret being caught out and exposed. Just recently we have seen Rush Limbaugh laughingly take credit for ‘Dumbing Down’ America. He did this because people were asking him why he railed against the scientists and Democrats for years about Global Warming, and now admits it exists. Was he lying? Or was he stupid? In an effort to save the appearance of him being an ‘intelligent’ man, he declared he was not stupid – all the people who listen to him are. If this makes you shake your head in wonder as to how this kind of logic plays out, look once more at Ted Nugent and I think you may see a parallel. These people are malignant narcissists and will say anything at any time if they believe it serves their own self interest, and that self interest is a smelly can of worms none of us would like to call our own.

Mark Walker

I am Choctaw/Cherokee, and a sundancer… I have hear Nugents talk for many years, and he may have done things to benefit a tribe here and there, but what he says away from them is where is colors are. He is a white man doing what they have always done… say one thing to Indians, and another with his white brothers. If he is so respectful of our traditions as he says, then he would know better than to put himself out there as if he were a traditional person. He is not and with his truly racist heart never will be… Him and whatever money he thinks he will bring are of no use to anyone but him.

Elizabeth Smith

He is not the same person he once was…1/2 a man speaks with 1/2 a heart filled with chaos.


Uncle Ted has been a steadfast supporter of Native Americans.NO-do NOT take that photo down.AS a Native American,I am PROUD of what he does, and pleased with the fact his tongue is not split,to satisfy others.Stick to your guns,Ted!You keep yours,and I will keep mine! AHO!


So, If he has been honored and humble THEN- Why aren’t any of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes. Having his back taking up for him? Next, Just shut up enough with it already- What do you really care if they Cancelled your bills still got Paid- Your Famous and besides Native American culture you have your own that will follow. Just as we do as a Tribe- And the HEAD DRESS doesn’t show Respect right now for any Native American’s Because of your Big Mouth- It Just shows a Angry White Man with a Head Dress on-

Kim Trujillo

I’m glad he is being disenrolled!

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