Facebook is no friend of Robin Kills The Enemy
- Facebook is no friend of Robin Kills The Enemy
By Nancy Kelsey
The social networking site that enables millions of "friends" to stay in
touch with one another has disabled the account of the 27-year-old Lakota
woman from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Facebook assumed
Kills The Enemy was a fake name.
Now Kills The Enemy — yes, that's her real name — has lost touch with
hundreds of her Facebook friends. "I'm getting used to it, but it still
pisses me off," Kills The Enemy said in a telephone interview from He Dog
School in Parmelee, S.D., where she works as a computer technician and
On Tuesday, Kills The Enemy received an e-mail notice from Facebook that
provide their full first and last names (i.e. no initials). Nicknames can be
used in the form of FirstName 'NickName' LastName, but only if they are a
variation on your real first or last name, such as 'Bob' instead of
"If you would like to use this profile again, just get back to us with your
real name, and we will reactivate the account for you."
It was signed, "Thanks for your understanding, Zoe, User Operations Analyst,
Facebook officials have not responded to calls and e-mails seeking comment.
One-Word Account, Killstheenemy
Kills The Enemy said she had a Facebook account earlier with her last name
written as one word, Killstheenemy. Her troubles began when she asked
Facebook to change her name to three separate words. She even submitted
e-mails with her employer's name and number so Facebook could call and
verify her name. It never did.
Now Kills The Enemy waits, hoping a friendlier Facebook will reinstate her
account. In the meantime, more than 350 people have joined a site support
group called "Facebook: don't discriminate against Native surnames!!!" (The
group was created by this reporter.)
Members are American Indians and non-Natives, and some have last names such
as Her Many Horses, Bear Eagle, Big Crow and Twoleggins.
One person with the last name of CrazyBull, all one word on the site, wrote
some words of sympathy:
"When I joined Facebook they didn't accept my name as a real name either. I
sent emails and after going back and forth a couple of times, I decided not
to join. After a few weeks I joined and put my name as one word. It makes me
angry that people are so ignorant!"
Kills The Enemy said she's grown used to skepticism about her name when she
is off the reservation. The Kills The Enemy's name is a shortened
translation of an ancestor's given name from about four generations back.
Many Native Americans were given names in ceremonies or through Vision
Quests, she said.
What makes her roll her eyes is that there are people on Facebook with
obviously fake names.
"They can have Isthebest as a last name, and I can't have my last name?" she
Kelsey reported from Lincoln, Neb.
"When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that
happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them." Chief Seattle