This off-field controversy, detached from the actual game, centers around 9-year-old Holden Armenta, whose choice of attire at a recent Chiefs game sparked widespread debate.
His mother, Shannon Armenta, and father, Bubba Armenta, have responded to critics, emphasizing the family’s ties to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
While Bubba expressed frustration over perceived disrespect and worldwide attention, tribal chairman Kenneth Kahn clarified the tribe’s stance, stating individual decisions don’t necessarily represent broader community views.
“We are aware that a young member of our community attended a Kansas City Chiefs game in a headdress and face paint in his way of supporting his favorite team,” he said in a statement. “Please keep in mind that the decisions made by individuals or families in our community are their own and may not reflect the views of the broader tribal community. As a federally recognized tribe, the Santa Ynez Band Chumash Indians does not endorse wearing regalia as part of a costume or participating in any other type of cultural appropriation.”
This controversy has stirred diverse opinions, evoking strong reactions online.