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

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

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?


Last Updated on October 25, 2022 by poeticresearch

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

  • Avatar for Deborah Dove

    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.

  • Avatar for Brighthorse



    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.

  • Avatar for samuel johnson

    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.

  • Avatar for Ben Lunt

    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?

  • Avatar for Ben Lunt

    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.

  • Avatar for Mark Walker

    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.

  • Avatar for Elizabeth Smith

    Elizabeth Smith


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

  • Avatar for Lael



    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!

  • Avatar for NDN0414



    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-

  • Avatar for Kim Trujillo

    Kim Trujillo


    I’m glad he is being disenrolled!

  • Avatar for Marian Wiederrich

    Marian Wiederrich


    Am only part Native American, but my heart is with the tribes. I don’t like it that some fool Hollywood persnality is making small of those that took care of our once beautiful land. I am old enough at 85 years to have seen how much beauty has been lost since the Europeans came to these shores. Making small of the tribes that are still living here is heart breaking.

  • Avatar for Sorsha



    Mr Nugent is an extremely self serving indivifual. He is motiva6ed by furthering his image.. not by compassion. He has little respect for people or animals in other words.. he is a dickhead.

  • Avatar for Gerald



    It will bring alot of people and money to the to the casinos that means it has a lot of respect for the Native Americans then just let him do the concerts

  • Avatar for Gerald



    I’m a bad River Chippewa Indian and I think that is disgraceful of cutting Ted Nugent concert out just because he’s wearing a headset what about the football team that has the guy coming out acting like he’s an Indian wearing the headband everything all done up riding a horse in on a football game me thats the same thing you know so I think that he should be able to do the shows I think you should be able to play for the Native American people Ted Nugent has done a lot for the Native America he has a lot of respect for the Native American people this well bringun alot of money and people to the so th so that’s a good thing nothing bad about it

  • Avatar for tigre



    C’mon, this is Ted. So, what’s new? He isn’t going to listen. His ego is waaay too big to admit fault. It’s part of his persona on and off the stage. Takes himself too seriously. Pray for him.

    • Avatar for Delilah



      I agree with you, Tigre. We should pray for him and hope that a miracle will happen; That his ego allows him to see where he is wrong, and that he just stops acting like an ignorant fool.

  • Avatar for linda snow

    linda snow


    he made a speech at mountainfest biker rally last week bout not to do drugs ,smoke or fat women.which i found to be immature, insulting, bully there are also overweight women paying to see him and come a long way to be insulted,,some stupid comment bout killing all the coyotes.he sounded like an idiot in his own glad i didnt go

  • Avatar for Andrew Gay

    Andrew Gay


    I think he is a has been racist slime and should just crawl back under whatever rock he came out from under

  • Avatar for Bob Bryan

    Bob Bryan


    Nugent is an embarrassment to rock and roll and it is a discrase to allow him to wear ceremonial dress at any point. All concerts should be banned

  • Avatar for KKGhostDog



    He is truly pitiful… Sounds to me he is have a mental problem. Or perhaps what ugliness that comes out of that big mouth of his is slowly turning on him and he is the only one ( unless they are on his payroll) that cant see how sad and gross he really is… Big prayers for this piece of crap.

  • Avatar for P. Varanai

    P. Varanai


    I agree with Pauk Pike in that these items are not stage props. Mr. Nugent’s venomous rants shows his true lack of respect. Native Americans are proud warriors, yet humble children of the Creator. As for Mr. Nugent’s past activities, anyone can put on a front to gain a goal. When adversity strikes, true nature and inner honesty become clear.
    He owes not just the tribes, but the public a sincere apology.
    Move on.

  • Avatar for ReSisk



    Those who lashed out at Ted, per the casinos sound like koolaid drinkers to me! And Mr Pike REALLY? Its not like Ted’s gone out and collected actual eagle feathers so cmon. The WHOLE Human race need to STOP gettng so butt hurt over this little thing or that little thing seen, heard posted etc. GROW UP! Since when have my fellow Native family gotten oh so concerned, when they saw $ in their actions to be made?

    • Avatar for Claire



      What do you mean “koolaid drinkers”… I know what it means, but I just want you to explain yourself.

  • Avatar for Paul Pike

    Paul Pike


    I think the photos should come down and I think Ted should stop using Native imagery in his promos and stage shows. Ceremonial objects or objects that represent ceremonial objects (such as replica eagle feather head dresses), have no place in his show. Our ceremonies or it’s items are not a stage prop.

  • Avatar for m lawry

    m lawry


    for all that he has done and been honored for, it is still not right for him to wear a sacred headdress. it would be the same thing as me, a non tribal member, being disrespectful in wearing regalia . some things just are NOT done. respect is foremost and seems to be lacking here through misguided thought process.

  • Avatar for Justine Smith

    Justine Smith


    Good riddance. It looks like he’s suffering from early Dememtia.

    • Avatar for Memphis Sommers

      Memphis Sommers


      Ted Nugent has done more for Native Americans than you, your family and every “friend” of yours have, combined. Wake up, racist.

  • Avatar for PEGGY



    Go Ted!!! Go Ted!!! Go Ted!!!! Who are these that have such a hard time being? Ted has been there for us natives.

    • Avatar for V. Windsor

      V. Windsor


      Sure, I mean why would he listen to Native Americans, especially those who ask politely, everyone knows white people know what’s best. Don’t they always?

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