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article Downriver high school teams with offensive Native American logos could face penalty (3/23/2017)
(Michigan) -- Local teams that refuse to remove Native American mascots and logos could soon face a penalty, but the key word is “offensive.”
article Community Voices: Native American students challenge use of harmful mascots in film ‘You’re Honoring Who?’ (3/22/2017)
(Minnesota) -- “I think in sports teams especially, that we would take something that brings people together and cause a cultural group of people in our country so...
article Paw Paw keeps racist mascot, state ups ante (3/20/2017)
(Michigan) -- It almost causes me physical pain to say this, but the high school football team in Paw Paw, Mich., should be allowed to keep its racist mascot.
article District considering next moves after tribe rescinds permission for use of Indian mascot, but no timetable in place (3/17/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson on Thursday said there are “groups” in the district talking about how to proceed in...
article Native American Mascots Could Bring Financial Penalties (3/16/2017)
(Indiana) -- State Superintendent Brian Whiston is waiting for word from the attorney general’s office on whether he can cut funding for school districts with...
article NOBEL: Should the state adopt legislation banning the use of Native American symbols for mascots? (3/10/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- It is time for Massachusetts to face the issue of public schools using offensive race-based symbols for their athletic team mascots. When teams employ...
article Bill proposed to ban Mass. high schools from using Native American mascots (3/1/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Two local state representatives are backing a bill that would ban high schools from using Native American team names, mascots, or logos. It came to a...
article After LHS student raises concerns, tribal chief wants to rescind Shawnee Mission North’s use of Indian mascot (3/1/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma says she is recommending the tribe’s business committee rescind permission given to Shawnee...
article Proposal to drop Napa High Indian mascot draws protests (3/1/2017)
(California) -- Napa High School announced Wednesday morning that it may drop its Indian mascot name after a school district committee recommended it be changed....
article After LHS student raises concerns, tribal chief wants to rescind Shawnee Mission North’s use of Indian mascot (2/28/2017)
(Kansas) -- The chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma says she is recommending the tribe’s business committee rescind permission given to Shawnee Mission...
article San Diego State U. Native American group wants school’s ‘Aztec’ mascot eliminated (2/27/2017)
(California) -- The Native American Student Alliance at San Diego State University held an event on February 15 to “discuss” ditching the college’s...
article Bill Aims To Ban High Schools' Native American Team Names, Logos, Mascots (2/22/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- An evergreen source of controversy and debate is the use of Native-American- themed sports team names. It may be bubbling up again in Massachusetts....
article After Months Of Debate Over ‘Indians,’ New Mascot Coming To Turners Falls (2/15/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Turners Falls High school will be getting a new mascot, now that the Gill-Montague School Committee — following months of contentiousness...
article Native American tribes give blessing for El Reno High School’s mascot (2/14/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Members from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes met with the El Reno Board of Education Monday night to sign a spirit charter, which was created to support...
article Gill-Montague school board votes to remove Turners Indian mascot (2/14/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee has voted to change the Turners Falls High School mascot from the “Indians” in a 6-3 vote on...
article Mohawk High School in Marcola drops Indians as mascot name (2/13/2017)
(Oregon) -- Mohawk High School teams have been known as the Indians since the Oregon school was established in the late 1920s. That's about to change.
article Bill filed in state Senate would ban use of Native American mascots (1/25/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots and imagery in Massachusetts high schools has been filed in the state Senate. The bill,...
article Bill takes aim at Native American-themed mascots (1/25/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Efforts to ban the use of Native American-themed school mascots have divided Massachusetts communities. Now, a measure introduced in the state...
article Tewksbury Resident Wants Native American Logos Banned At Public Schools (1/25/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A Tewksbury resident wants state lawmakers to ban the use of Native American symbols and logos at public schools. After losing a battle to change...
article NAPABA disagrees with band in trademark case (1/21/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments on two cases — Lee v. Tam and Ziglar v. Abbasi — that will have a...
article Offensive image, quick backlash bring swift end to Mankato commemorative rifle (1/21/2017)
(Minnesota) -- A few weeks ago, as I sat down with my morning coffee to read the news of the day in the Free Press, a glossy advertisement dropped from the folded...
article GTA school boards to review Indigenous team names, mascots and logos (1/20/2017)
(Toronto) -- Ontario’s deputy minister of education is asking schools to take a hard look at their use of indigenous symbols, according to a memo to the directors...
22 Total Articles on this Issue

Oregon Mascots

article Oregon School Districts Work To Keep Native American Mascots Through Tribal Agreements (3/16/2017)
(Oregon) -- At least seven Oregon school districts are working to keep their Native American mascots by getting the support of local tribes.
article Native American dancer puts Mohawk mascot issue into context (3/13/2017)
(Oregon) -- The profile of a Native American man with feathers and a mohawk hair cut is the center­piece of Mohawk High School’s gym floor. But the image soon...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Redskins

article Should We Be Able to Reclaim a Racist Insult — as a Registered Trademark? (2/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- In late 2009, Simon Tam’s Portland-based dance-rock band was doing well — going on tours, getting press. It was time, they decided, to...
article Redskins mascot debate continues after Paw Paw school board votes 4-3 to retain it (2/10/2017)
(Michigan) -- During Wednesday night’s school board meeting, a man from the district voiced his opinion on people who choose not to stand for the Pledge of...
article Paw Paw mascot controversy sparks passionate responses (2/8/2017)
(Michigan) -- The debate over the use of Native American logos and mascots in the United States has been ongoing for decades. This controversy is not new to Paw Paw,...
article Paw Paw Schools Keep Racist R-word by 4 -3 Board of Education Vote (2/8/2017)
(Michigan) -- Under a banner with the words, “The future is now,” the Paw Paw Schools Board of Education voted 4 – 3 Wednesday night to keep the racist...
article Paw Paw schools will stay with Redskins mascot (2/8/2017)
(Michigan) -- Following months of debate, the Paw Paw Public Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday to keep the district’s Redskins mascot.
article UPDATE: Paw Paw school board votes to keep the Redskin name and image (2/8/2017)
(Michigan) -- The Paw Paw school board voted to keep the Redskin name and image Wednesday night. The debate over possible changes have been going on for months. The room...
article Conrad Redskins now the Red Wolves (2/8/2017)
(Delaware) -- The Conrad Redskins will be known as the "Conrad Red Wolves” following a student vote to replace the controversial nickname.
article From the archives: Story of 1992 Super Bowl protest could have been written today (2/8/2017)
(Minnesota) -- The records, commercials and halftime show of Super Bowl LI are over, but it's less than a year till the eyes of the nation are focused on Minneapolis.
article Inside High Court Argument On Offensive Trademarks [sub req] (1/24/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Jan. 18, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam to decide whether the Trademark Act’s prohibition on registering...
article Mascot law rolls out and schools obey the letter of the law, if not the spirit (1/24/2017)
(California) -- The “Redskins” are finished, sort of, at the last four high schools in California that used the term as a team name, mascot or nickname. But...
article ‘Redskins’ mascot debate continues in Paw Paw (1/24/2017)
(Michigan) -- After an intense special board meeting that lasted more than three hours last week, there was a much different atmosphere Monday in Paw Paw as residents...
article Paw Paw Mascot School Meeting Had Jerry Springer Show Flair to It (1/19/2017)
(Michigan) -- The Paw Paw Schools Board of Education held a roundtable Wednesday evening to gather input from both sides of the issue on whether to retain the “R-...
article ‘Redskin’ mascot debate raises tempers at Paw Paw High (1/19/2017)
(Michigan) -- Tempers flared at a special board meeting at Paw Paw High School addressing their controversial mascot, "the Redskins." Paw Paw is the latest in...
article Asian-American Band The Slants Heads to Supreme Court, Opposing 'Redskins' But Possibly Helping Team's Case (1/18/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A band that excites anti-racism advocates, football executives and libertarians lawyers – in addition to actual fans – is heading the...
article Introduction: Trademark law and the Constitution (1/18/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Simon Tam describes himself as an “Asian-American musician, lecturer, and political activist.” In 2006, he formed a rock band that he...
article Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks (1/18/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that...
article American Indian Community Fight R-Word in Paw Paw (1/18/2017)
(Michigan) -- Dozens of American Indians from Michigan and their allies are expected to attend the Paw Paw school Board of Education roundtable meeting tonight –...
article Paw Paw Schools Bans American Indian Drumming and Smudging on School Property – Threaten Arrests (1/18/2017)
(Michigan) -- Paw Paw Schools, which prides themselves as “home of the Redsk*ns,” told organizers of a group of American Indians that they cannot use a drum...
article Let's End Trademark Piety. Racial Slurs Should Be Trademarked -- It Will Only Reduce Their Use (1/17/2017)
(USA) -- Companies like to give their brands memorable names with appealing innuendo. Baby products’ names intimate softness, perfumes are branded to invoke...
article Redskins owner attends exclusive Trump inaugural celebration (1/17/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among the guests at an exclusive reception in the nation’s capital Tuesday night to celebrate...
20 Total Articles on this Issue

Chief Wahoo

article Rob Manfred having ongoing talks with Indians about Chief Wahoo (2/8/2017)
(Ohio) -- Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has shown a willingness to make changes to the game since he took over. Some of his ideas have been implemented...
article MLB Chief Manfred Ready to Talk of Eliminating Cleveland Indians Chief Wahoo Logo (1/30/2017)
(Ohio) -- Baseball’s commissioner has hinted that he may be preparing to try and force the owner of the Cleveland Indians to eliminate the team’s decades old...
article Indians working with MLB on solution to Chief Wahoo logo (1/27/2017)
(Ohio) -- Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan have discussed possible solutions to the team's divisive Chief Wahoo logo. Manfred...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Fighting Sioux

article McFeely: Maybe this is why Standing Rock doesn't trust the ND Public Service Commission (2/8/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Two members of the three-person North Dakota Public Service Commission sent off one of their colleagues to a new job the other day.
1 Article on this Issue

Nottawaseppi Huron

article Funds could rid Michigan schools of Native American mascots (1/10/2017)
(Michigan) -- A new agreement between the state of Michigan and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi could give five schools more resources to change their...
article Tribe Offering Cash to Schools Who Abandon ‘Offensive’ Indian Mascots (1/8/2017)
(Michigan) -- A Michigan Native American tribe plans soon to offer cash to help K-12 schools, public and private and universities, and municipalities replace Indian...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Braves, warriors, chieftains: Oregon takes on tribal mascots (3/24/2017)
(Oregon) -- This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. But this time, they have the approval of...
article LETTER: Everything will be fine (3/19/2017)
(California) -- A recent letter ups the ante in the Napa HS mascot debate, apparently targeting Patrick Sweeney, Annie Petrie, and every single school board member with...
article State Superintendent seeks authority to fine schools that don't drop offensive mascots (3/15/2017)
(Michigan) -- State Superintendent Brian Whiston is investigating whether he has authority to fine school districts that refuse to remove Native American mascots and...
article Akwesasne Medicine Men (3/14/2017)
(Ontario) -- The area’s newest lacrosse team will be called the Mohawk Medicine Men. The team — announced a couple of months ago, but without a name —...
article LETTER: Always an Indian (3/7/2017)
(California) -- I am a ninth-generation native Napan. I graduated in 1984. My family has attended Napa High school since its inception (1897) and has lived in the area...
article LETTER: Mascot honors lost civilizations (3/7/2017)
(California) -- The Indian mascot issue is multifaceted and deserving of attention. But it is my opinion that the persons and groups protesting the mascot, while well...
article LETTER: Mascot needs to be retired (3/7/2017)
(California) -- Did I miss something? Tom LeMasters implied in his letter on March 4 ("ain't broke, don't fix it") that an overwhelming number of...
article Bill In Massachusetts Seeks to Ban Native American Mascots (3/3/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A bill filed in Massachusetts last week could put an end to the use of Native American mascots at public schools in the state. Acting on behalf of her...
article Senate bill seeks to ban Native American school mascots (3/3/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A bill before the state Senate seeks to ban all Native American mascots and logos at public schools across the state, likely including the Medfield...
article Gill Montague School Committee faces questions after mascot vote (3/3/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Gill-Montague School Committee faced more questions and complaints about the mascot vote from parents and students this week.
article LETTER: Protect the NHS tribe (3/3/2017)
(California) -- I am a member of the Napa High Class of 1962, and I am an Indian. My parents, John ('34), and Eleanor ('36) were Indians. My brothers, Ross (...
article Bill seeks ban on Native American mascots (2/26/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Along the driveway to Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, a banner proudly declares: "Home of the Tomahawks." For many in...
article Shawnee chief says tribe plans to rescind 1992 resolution giving school district permission to use Indian mascot (2/23/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The current chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma says that the Shawnee Mission North mascot does not accurately reflect the tribe’s culture...
article ‘By request’ mascot bill gains legislative momentum amid opposition (2/18/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- In the weeks following the res­ponse to Senator Barbara L’Italien’s bill to stop the use of Native American symbols as logos,...
article Should the state adopt legislation banning the use of Native American symbols as mascots? (2/17/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- YES: I wholeheartedly support the bill to ban Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools. Google the phrase “Native American mascot...
article Turners Falls students, the next best thing (2/17/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- After the Turners Falls “Indians” mascot was officially scrapped Tuesday, some of those on the winning side, as is often the case,...
article These Massachusetts schools still have Native American themed nicknames, mascots, or logos (2/16/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- Following the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee's decision Tuesday to retire its Native American mascot and Indians name for its sporting...
article Turners Falls High School students walk out after removal of Native American mascot (2/16/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee's decision to remove Turners Falls High School's Native American mascot sparked immediate backlash...
article LETTER: Change MHS mascot; ‘education’ won’t work (2/16/2017)
(Kansas) -- To the Editor: How long will the Mercury continue to print the trite and vacuous pleas of the Brothers Felber for the retention of the Indian mascot at...
article Legislators look at retiring Native American mascots (2/10/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The use of Native American mascots by public schools and sports teams is an old source of controversy, and state officials have been reluctant to get...

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