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False Idols

article Native Council of P.E.I. asking community members for input on John A. Macdonald statue (8/4/2020)
(Prince Edward Island) -- The Native Council of P.E.I. is consulting with its members about the future of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue, which sits on a bench in...
article Ropes tied around John A. Macdonald statue in Regina during demonstration (7/27/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- Demonstrators attached eight ropes to the John A. Macdonald statue on Sunday. One demonstrator says the eight ropes are symbolic of the eight Cree...
article Las Cruces board member who cast deciding vote to rename Oñate High School now regrets it (7/27/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A member of the Las Cruces school board who made a key vote that ended up removing the name of a Spanish conquistador from a high school now regrets her...
article Some Alaska residents are demanding statues tied to colonization be eliminated or relocated. (7/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- As many in the Lower 48 call for statues of Confederate leaders to be removed amid a national reckoning on race, some Alaska residents are conducting a...
article My Turn: Maureen Moakley: It’s not about Columbus — it’s about us (7/26/2020)
(Rhode Island) -- The opportunity for constructive reckoning about systemic racism and discrimination is upon us. Part of that debate in Rhode Island concerns the fate...
article Campaign To Rename Denver's Columbus Park to La Raza Park Continues (7/24/2020)
(Colorado) -- On Friday, several of Denver's elected officials collected signatures to officially rename the park near 38th and Navajo Street. The city took down the...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article Indigenous leaders call for Wisconsin schools to retire Native American mascots, logos (8/4/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- The retiring of the Washington NFL team name last month has renewed calls for school sports teams in Wisconsin to do the same and drop all mascots, logos...
article Penn Hills considering getting rid of Indians nickname (8/4/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Penn Hills might become the second Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League school district to drop its Indians nickname. The school...
article Wappinger descendant defends Ketcham's use of Indians mascot (8/4/2020)
(New York) -- Less than a week after a Native American tribe called Roy C. Ketcham High School’s use of the "Indians" mascot “problematic,” a...
article Cincinnati Country Day School retires Indian mascot, 'effective immediately' (8/4/2020)
(Ohio) -- The Country Day Board of Trustees voted to change the use of the Indian mascot at Cincinnati Country Day Schools Monday evening, officials said. Cincinnati...
article Explained: How North American sports teams have historically misappropriated Native American culture (8/3/2020)
(USA) -- Over a week ago, the Washington Redskins dropped the team’s name following decades of criticism that it was offensive towards Native Americans. The...
article Chattanooga area has nine Native American-themed high school mascots; are they offensive? (8/2/2020)
(Tennessee) -- As the nation undergoes a reckoning on racial and cultural issues, it's not just Confederate monuments and Rebel school mascots that are coming under...
article Lane Tech High School Could Change Native American Mascot (8/2/2020)
(Chicago) -- As the sensitivty of Native American themes have recently been questioned, Chicago’s Lane Tech High School is soon expected to vote on the future of...
article Lantz: It's time to talk about mascots (8/2/2020)
(Iowa) -- The time for change often comes before we are ready. Eventually, we have to take action. If you are a sports fan, you have most likely heard about the...
article Too offensive to stay? Tiny Missouri town splits over school’s ‘Savage’ mascot (8/2/2020)
(Missouri) -- An hour’s drive north of Kansas City, a 152-foot water tower displays the sharp profile of an American Indian, two feathers dangling behind his high...
article Culture change: How have Calaveras and Ripon high schools handled ties to Native American culture? (7/31/2020)
(California) -- A clock depicting a Native American figure wearing a traditional feathered headdress is perched on top of the scoreboard at the Calaveras High School...
article MP Ben Bradshaw blasts Exeter Chiefs' decision to keep Native American logo and branding (7/31/2020)
(UK) -- Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has described Exeter Chiefs' decision to retire the Big Chief mascot but not drop their Native American branding as 'extraordinary'.
article Exeter Chiefs: MP Ben Bradshaw hits out at club’s ‘extraordinary’ decision to keep name and logo (7/30/2020)
(UK) -- Exeter Chiefs‘ “extraordinary” decision not to drop their Native American branding shows the board are “in denial”, says the club...
article The Retired University Of Illinois Mascot Still Lingers On Campus (7/29/2020)
(Illinois) -- Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert remembers watching a man dressed up in Native American regalia dance across a football field as “surreal” and...
article 'Warriors' mascot prompts competing petitions at Susquehannock High (7/28/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- A controversy about whether a depiction of a Native American should remain Susquehannock High School's mascot has sparked petitions on both sides...
article New Mexico graduate fighting to keep Native American caricature logo (7/28/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A graduate of a southwestern New Mexico high school is fighting the state’s lieutenant governor over his call to remove a baseball stadium’s...
article Cherokee Phoenix poll suggests some nicknames more offensive than others (7/27/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- With the Washington, D.C., NFL franchise planning to play as the “Washington Football Team” during the 2020 season, Native American mascots and...
article Exeter Chiefs to hold board meeting to discuss ditching their Native American badge (7/27/2020)
(UK) -- EXETER CHIEFS will hold a crunch board meeting on Wednesday to discuss ditching their Native American badge and mascot. Premiership title-chasing Chiefs were...
article MORON ALERT: Honor American Indians by keeping the Indians team name and forging a true partnership (7/26/2020)
(New Jersey) -- I’m a third-generation Clevelander, a fervent Cleveland baseball fan for more than 70 years, as was my father before me. And for nearly two decades...
article Connecticut high schools shouldn’t delay in getting rid of offensive nicknames (7/26/2020)
(Connecticut) -- The National Football League team formerly known as the Redskins now, at long last, has a new name. The team’s interim name — “...
article Issues have come up in the past, but the Algonquin Tomahawks name still lives on (7/26/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Last month, a petition on Change.org created by the group “Students for Justice” emerged asking the Northborough-Southborough Regional...
article Keeler: If Washington can bury the Redskins name, why is Lamar still standing by its Savages? (7/26/2020)
(Colorado) -- She glared as if he’d broken wind in a church pew, somewhere between Give us this day and our daily bread. Blake Mundell’s wake-up call crept...
article Superintendent: 'Overwhelming majority' support Conemaugh Township keeping 'Indians' name, mascot (7/26/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Conemaugh Township School District has been the “Indians” since inception, but recent national conversations about Native American-based...
article EDITORIAL: All American Indian team names should be dropped (7/25/2020)
(Indiana) -- The NFL Washington Redskins’ offensive nickname lasted 87 years, through a move from Boston to Washington, three owners, multiple lawsuits, trademark...
article Mascot debate: Use of Native American mascots in Colorado, schools facilitating discussion (7/25/2020)
(Colorado) -- In 2015 then-governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order that created the commission to study American Indian representations in public schools in...
article New School District In Hudson Valley Eyes Dropping Indians Nickname (7/25/2020)
(New York) -- Another Hudson Valley school is weighing whether or not to change its mascot away from one with Native American representation amid civil unrest across the...
article People Aren't Mascots: Why Using Native American Images Cause More Harm Than Pride (7/24/2020)
(USA) -- A national conversation on racial equality and anti-racism has renewed media attention and interest in an overwhelming amount of racial issues. One that seems...
article Why Central Michigan 'Chippewas' nickname is OK with local tribe, NCAA (7/24/2020)
(Michigan) -- Central Michigan president Bob Davies has seen the ugly. As the vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2006-09...
article Superintendent: 'Overwhelming majority' support Conemaugh Township keeping 'Indians' name, mascot (7/24/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Conemaugh Township School District has been the “Indians” since inception, but recent national conversations about Native American-based names and...
28 Total Articles on this Issue

Redskins

article There Sure Are a Lot of Racist Washington Football Team Shirts for Sale (8/3/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the weird side effects of being a journalist is you start to see a lot of strange ads online. Just doing some cursory reporting on a single...
article ‘The fight is not over’: Activist Dahkota Brown sees progress in cultural respect for Native Americans with Washington name change (7/31/2020)
(California) -- Dahkota Brown was no different than any other Argonaut High School football fan that night. But as he entered the Calaveras High School football stadium...
article KEELER: What #NotYourMascot Owes #BLM (7/28/2020)
(USA) -- I don't feel I — or Native people — accomplished this. I credit Black Lives Matter for achieving this. Many of us laid the groundwork and fought...
article Jerry Jones May Unknowingly Be Tied to the Redskins Name Change (7/26/2020)
(Texas) -- Jerry Jones has built a monster with the Dallas Cowboys. He spent $140 million on the team in 1989 and has turned it into a franchise worth more than $5...
article Meet Beth Wilkinson, the lawyer leading the probe into culture of Washington's NFL team (7/24/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Daniel Snyder said he is committed to changing the culture and standards of his Washington NFL franchise after allegations of sexual harassment...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Sports Leagues

article Spokane Indians baseball team, Spokane Tribe featured in national discussion of Native American imagery in sports (8/3/2020)
(Washington) -- In the days and weeks following the killing of George Floyd and subsequent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the campaign to rid society...
article Chicago Blackhawks ban Native American headdresses at home games once fans return (8/2/2020)
(Chicago) -- The NHL's Chicago Blackhawks may not be changing its team name, but it will no longer allow costume headdresses at future team-sanctioned events and...
article Chicago Blackhawks Are Banning Headdresses but Keeping the Name (7/31/2020)
(Chicago) -- In early July, The Washington Football team promised it would conduct "a thorough review" of the racial slur that it had used as a team name for...
article 50+ Organizations Ask Cleveland Indians to Change Name, Engage Native American Community (7/30/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The ACLU of Ohio, Black Lives Matter Cleveland, Cleveland Public Theatre, Policy Matters Ohio, the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, multiple community...
article Blackhawks banning headdresses, increasing Native American cultural representation in game presentation (7/29/2020)
(Illinois) -- The Blackhawks announced several initiatives Wednesday designed to better honor Native American culture. Most notably, the Hawks will ban headdresses at...
article Chicago NHL team bans Native American headdresses at home games (7/29/2020)
(Illinois) -- The National Hockey League's Chicago franchise said Wednesday they are banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honour the Native...
article Cleveland faces new calls to change Indians name (7/29/2020)
(Ohio) -- For years, the pressure has been increasing on baseball and the Cleveland Indians to change the name of the franchise. In recent years, the team has changed...
article Indianapolis Indians to explore 'appropriateness' of team name (7/28/2020)
(Indiana) -- The Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball team has launched a committee to explore the "appropriateness" of the team's name, the team...
article The Cleveland Indians Continue to Confirm a Nickname Change is Inevitable (7/25/2020)
(Ohio) -- It’s not if. It’s when. I’m talking, of course, about the idea of Cleveland’s baseball team changing its nickname. It’s a...
article Cleveland Indians wear 'End Racism, It's Time' t-shirts prior to Opening Day game against the Kansas City Royals (7/24/2020)
(Ohio) -- In the weeks prior to Opening Day, the topic of social justice has been a huge story around the Cleveland Indians. While the team is considering the future of...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Braves share message from Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribe (7/30/2020)
(Georgia) -- The message from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was clear. “We’re still here.” Before the Braves’ home opener Wednesday, a 7-4...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article The end to Coon cheese has surprised the owner of Wodonga's Coons Dairy who says she does not find her surname "racist at all" (8/5/2020)
(Australia) -- The renaming of Coon cheese, after a campaign by an Aboriginal activist, has surprised Wodonga dairy company chief Linda Coon.
article O’Hara Council: Squaw Valley Park is now O’Hara Township Community Park (8/4/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- People watching the O’Hara Council meeting online via Zoom on Tuesday night erupted in cheers and applause following a vote to rename Squaw...
article Resort owner to remove photo cutout Natives say is offensive (8/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A local float operator’s cutout board for guests to take pictures with has been criticized by community members who say the feature is an example of...
article Leinenkugel's to retire Native American logo (8/2/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Leinenkugel’s will no longer use an image of a Native American woman long associated with the Chippewa Falls-based brewery. The Post-Cresent reports...
article Leinenkugel's will retire logo featuring image of Native American woman (7/31/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Leinenkugel's will no longer use an image of a Native American woman long associated with the Chippewa Falls-based brewery. Leinenkugel's has for...
article Senate moves to overhaul state flag, seal (7/29/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The state flag is one step closer to a symbolic overhaul after state senators unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that would create a panel...
article Mass. Senate Unanimously Approves Commission To Replace State Seal And Motto (7/28/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts senators unanimously agreed Tuesday that a panel should suggest a new state seal to replace the 122-year-old version that Native...
article N.Y.C. Seal, With a Native American in Loincloth, Faces Scrutiny (7/27/2020)
(New York) -- It features a Native American in a breechcloth and an early American settler holding a long rope with what appears to be a loop on its end, and for more...
article For local Native Americans, a reckoning over hurtful images goes way beyond one South Philadelphia statue (7/24/2020)
(South Dakota) -- When Stephanie Mach leaves her Center City home, she often passes the Swann Memorial Fountain, with its three bronze Native American figures, in the...
article Local artist who designed ‘Lacrosse Players’ sculpture explains why Hiawatha statue is controversial (7/24/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- La Crosse’s history is filled with Native American stories. Throughout the city, people can see many statues and sculptures dedicated to their...
article Gedicks: Finally, calls to remove La Crosse's 'Hiawatha' statue have been heard (7/23/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- In the midst of a national debate on the meaning of statutes and symbols that enshrine systemic racism, La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat has asked the city...
article It has always been Mount Tacoma. Now is the time to make Rainier name change official (7/23/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s time to rekindle the old debate, and reframe it. Then it’s time to put it to bed, once and for all. For as long as the volcano in...
article It’s Not Just A Ski Resort. From Tahoe To Carson, Indigenous People Say Sierra Names Misrepresent Them (7/23/2020)
(California) -- A famous ski resort in the Tahoe region is considering changing its name because it derives from a derogatory term for Native American women. But it'...
article Activists push to change Massachusetts state flag (7/22/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- In June, the Mississippi state legislature voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Last week, the Washington Redskins owner...
article OP/ED: How about naming the Fairgrounds after Jerry Wolfe? (7/22/2020)
(North Carolina) -- There are many words that could be used to describe the late Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, including:...
article It’s Not Just A Ski Resort. From Tahoe To Carson, Indigenous People Say Sierra Names Misrepresent Them (7/21/2020)
(California) -- A famous ski resort in the Tahoe region is considering changing its name because it derives from a derogatory term for Native American women. But it'...
article Maine finally changes racist island names 43 years late (7/21/2020)
(Maine) -- Maine has changed the names of three islands that included a racist slur against Black people, 43 years after a state law banned the use of the word in place...
article Indianola council pulls Native American logo from police cars, uniforms (7/21/2020)
(Iowa) -- The Indianola City Council on Monday took action to remove the image of a male Native American from all city property logos including police vehicles and...
article Indigenous people applaud removal of statue in western Wisconsin (7/17/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- A statue supposedly depicting a Native American historic figure is scheduled to be removed from a park in La Crosse because critics say it shows a harmful...
article The history behind the Hiawatha statue: What's behind the name, intent and controversy? (7/17/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- After decades of debate, it took just four days last week for La Crosse city officials to decide that it's time to remove the Hiawatha statue from...

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