The Tribe took exception to a phrase used in the GOP budget plan.
By Bob Connors
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has taken exception to what it calls the "insensitive remarks" in the Republican Budget. "The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council was dismayed to learn that the Republican's proposed budget was published without any regard for the inappropriate reference contained therein," the Council said in a statement Tuesday. "Though perhaps an oversight, the Council sincerely hopes that this matter will be swiftly eradicated, accompanied by appropriate amends to all those who may have been equally affronted."
It's dubious at best because it implies Indian tribes are especially top-heavy and poorly run. Since the context is about organizational efficiency, why not use a business metaphor instead? "Too many CEOs and not enough workers" works just as well. It conveys the same point without using an ethnic slur.
For a related stereotype, see Insubordination = "Indians Running the Camp."