Disney World said it regrets a performance at the Florida theme park by a Texas high school drill team that included Native American stereotypes.
The performance last week by the Indianettes drill team of Port Neches-Grove High School included chants of “scalp them” and gestures disrespectful to Native Americans, NBC affiliate KPRC-TV of Houston reported.
“The live performance in our park did not reflect our core values, and we regret it took place,” Disney World spokesperson Jacquee Wahler said in a statement.
The park didn’t say the high school was disinvited, but it did say this kind of performance wouldn’t happen again.
“It was not consistent with the audition tape the school provided, and we have immediately put measures in place so this is not repeated,” Wahler said.
Officials from the Port Neches school and its district, which borders Louisiana, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
But in a statement to a Beaumont, Texas, television station, the district said that it is “committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement that the tribe has asked the district in recent years to cease the performance, which he said features offensive imagery, chanting and other symbolism.
“Port Neches-Groves Independent School District continues to use offensive and stereotypical depictions of our tribe, and this is yet again exampled by their cheer team recently in Orlando,” he said.
“School leaders need educating on cultural appropriateness, should apologize for continuing to ignore our requests to stop and need to make swift changes to correct these offensive displays across their school district,” he said.
Elisha Fieldstadt and Rupa Palla contributed.