CBS Television has deleted references to American Indians as "savages" from a Thanksgiving-related "Peanuts" cartoon because an Indian parents group here complained, a network official said.

Carol Altieri, vice president of program practices for the CBS Broadcast Group in Hollywood, said the producer's notes on the script to "The Mayflower Voyagers" indicate that the word "savages" has been dropped throughout.The "Peanuts" special is scheduled to air Oct. 21 as part of an animated historical miniseries called "This Is America Charlie Brown."

Altieri said the change was made because of concerns raised by the Concerned American Indian Parents group of Minneapolis and the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, WCCO-TV. She said no other affiliates had complained.