Linde Knighton--a Native living in Seattle.
In the comic it's lying against a barn, discarded. I wouldn't be surprised if that violates a Northwest Indian taboo or custom.
And of course there's absolutely no reason for the pole to be in South Dakota in the first place.
And I love the image below from the cover of SCALPED #5. Forget the stereotypical alcohol for a moment. A tomahawk?! If Vertigo's people are intentionally trying to annoy us, they could hardly do a better job of it.
Moreover, the cover of SCALPED #6 features a face with war paint. But we haven't seen a teepee, an arrowhead, or a peace pipe yet. Can we expect those on the covers of SCALPED #7-9?
Get a clue, Jason Aaron. The chief, the totem pole, and the tomahawk on your covers are clear evidence that your comic is stereotypical. Do something about it or continue to earn my scorn.