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Kris Jenner Under Fire for 'Good Morning America' 'Indian Giver' Remark

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The National Congress of American Indians issued a strong statement over comments the reality matriarch made in reference to Kris Humphries possibly asking for the return of Kim Kardashian's engagement ring.

Kim Kardashian’s mother and manager, Kris Jenner, went on Good Morning America on Thursday to promote her new memoir. The conversation turned, of course, to the topic of her daughter's announcement that she would be filing for divorce from her husband of 72 days.

Jenner insisted that Kardashian would be keeping the 20.5 carat diamond engagement ring that Kris Humphries had given to her. "It’s a gift - you keep a gift," she said.

“I hate an Indian giver,” Jenner added.

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Jenner’s use of the phrase “Indian giver” sparked a response from the country’s largest Native American group, the National Congress of American Indians.

“Once again American Indians and Alaska Natives have been misrepresented by a single misinformed statement,” said Jacqueline Johnson Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, in a statement.

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“The phrase ‘Indian giving’ is wrong and hurtful. The cultural values of Native Americans are based on giving unconditionally and empowering those around them. Instead this cultural value is forgotten when negative stereotyping of Native people occurs,” she added.

The group, which was founded in 1944, emphasized that they did not want to focus too much on this negative attention during Native American month, Communication Director Thom Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Another Kardashian also may have accidentally offended some Native Americans. On Monday’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, Kourtney Kardashian attended with her son Mason. They were both dressed in costumes as Native Americans. A recent campaign called  “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” started by an Ohio University group made posters expressing their believe that costumes based on a culture or ethnicity (such as Native Americans or Mexican) were offensive.

The National Congress of American Indians had no comment on Kourtney’s choice of Halloween costume.