Story line: A bunch of hotshot Caucasians head west, mistreating and breaking promises to Native Americans.
No, that's not the plot line of "Into the West," the 12-hour miniseries by Turner Network Television and DreamWorks that began this month. It's the summary of allegations by some of the Native Americans who worked as $6-an-hour extras on the series, which is co-sponsored by Dodge.
According to Television Week, a corporate sibling of Automotive News, complaints of the Native Americans include harsh working conditions, violation of child labor laws, refusal to provide meals and failure to pay promised "stunt bumps" - extra money for hazardous duty such as falling off a horse.
TNT and DreamWorks said they "treated everyone with care" during the production but will investigate the allegations.
Dodge is using its sponsorship of the six-week miniseries, which chronicles whites' settlement of the West, to promote the new Charger. The car arrived in dealerships in May.
Dodge declined to comment on the fracas.