Kim's mum rapped across the knuckles
The comment from Kardashian's mum, Kris Jenner, came on Good Morning America on Thursday, when Jenner was asked if her daughter should return Kris Humphries' $2 million (Dh7.34 million) engagement ring after their 72-day marriage ended.
Jenner responded with a laugh, saying: "Well, I hate an Indian giver. Don't you? It's a gift. Keep your gift."
The National Congress of American Indians wasn't amused. "The phrase ‘Indian giving' is wrong and hurtful," Jacqueline Johnson Pata, executive director of the advocacy group, said.
"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."
Pata noted that November is Native American Heritage Month and invited the Jenner and Kardashian family to "join with the country in learning more" about American Indian culture.