American Indian leaders accept radio station’s apologies

Raleigh, North Carolina (AP) 4-08

American Indian leaders say they have accepted a station’s apologies and are no longer seeking the dismissal of radio hosts for racially charged remarks.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the chairman of the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs issued a statement after meeting for two hours with managers from WDCG-FM. They discussed comments made by radio host Bob Dumas and others on the station about Lumbee Indians.

Brooks said the station’s general manager, Dick Harlow, assured the commission that the station will not again air negative stereotypes of American Indians.

During an April 1 broadcast, Dumas and other hosts joked about an intern’s upcoming wedding to a Lumbee.

The station suspended the hosts for three days without pay.