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Oklahoma governor's daughter regrets wearing Native American headdress

| Saturday, March 8, 2014, 6:57 p.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The daughter of Oklahoma's Republican governor defended herself on Friday for wearing a Native American headdress.

Christina Fallin, 26, had posted pictures of herself in the attire on Thursday on her band's Instagram and Facebook pages, which quickly drew negative comments. Critics called the posts, which included the phrase “appropriate culturation,” insensitive.

She took down the photo and replaced it with a statement saying she felt the “deepest respect” for Native American culture and asking people to forgive her for wearing beautiful things.

A marketing consultant for a local magazine that features fashion trends, health tips and beauty advice, Fallin is part of a band that describes itself as “electronic-punk.”

Headdresses, historically worn by Native American warriors who received feathers for heroic deeds, are considered sacred items.

Mary Fallin, who became the state's first female governor in 2011, has been at odds with some tribes in the past, including in a lawsuit over water rights and the signing of an extradition order for a Cherokee Nation member. She has worked to build and improve those relationships since becoming governor, and has appointed a liaison for Native American affairs to her office.

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