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article Talawanda school district considers changing Native American logo (10/15/2018)
(Ohio) -- There is a new push in the Talawanda school district to change the Braves logo and mascot. In June, the district got a letter from the Native American Rights...
article No Chief impersonator expected in UI's homecoming parade (10/6/2018)
(Illinois) -- For the first time in at least eight years, a Chief Illiniwek impersonator may not appear in the annual University of Illinois homecoming parade. Students...
article High school once accused of racism unveils new logo (9/29/2018)
(Maine) -- A year ago, Jim Daly was dealing with a firestorm of accusations of racism following a Friday night football game at Wells High School. Today the Wells-...
article Washington State Organization Bans Use of ‘Ute’ Name and Logo Leading up to Game (9/29/2018)
(Washington) -- The University of Utah’s use of the Ute name has been a hotly debated topic on campus in recent years. Now, the student body at another Pac-12...
article NJ high school unveils new logo following Native American controversy (9/17/2018)
(New Jersey) -- A year after juxtaposed petitions spotlighted a controversy over the use of Native American symbols at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School sporting events...
article COMMENTARY: A death certificate for Chief Illiniwek (9/16/2018)
(Illinois) -- This past spring, two University of Illinois trustees set out on a secret mission to solve the seemingly unsolvable Chief Illiniwek problem once and for...
article Troup High School removes "Scalp Them Indians" spirit sign (9/15/2018)
(Texas) -- Troup High School has removed a sign circulating on social media that read "Scalp Them Indians." The sign was reportedly put up in the high school...
article Column: Replace Chief Illiniwek with new mascot: Keith Not-At-All-Woke (9/14/2018)
(Illinois) -- Eleven years seems like a long time to mourn a college mascot. If we’re being honest, I think the mascot would’ve wanted you to move on by now...
article UI's Chief Illiniwek report: Develop new traditions but honor divisive past (9/13/2018)
(Illinois) -- A report from last spring's conversation on Chief Illiniwek recommends that the University of Illinois explore the idea of a mascot along with other...
article University of Illinois panel suggests adopting new mascot (9/13/2018)
(Illinois) -- A University of Illinois report suggests that the school consider adopting a new sports mascot to help quell ongoing turmoil over the 2007 decision to do...
article Nokomis schools in Newport may remove controversial logo (9/10/2018)
(Maine) -- With new middle and high schools in the works, the Nokomis school board is asking for parents and students opinion. If their mascot is changed, only one...
article Maine school likely to drop Native American imagery (9/9/2018)
(Maine) -- The superintendent overseeing construction of a combined high school and middle school in Newport says the school's Native American name likely will stay...
article RSU 19 leaving Native American mascot behind as new school arises (9/8/2018)
(Maine) -- Regional School Unit 19 is moving forward and not looking back. The school district, covering the eight towns of Corinna, Dixmont, Etna, Hartland, Newport,...
article Issue of Indian mascot resurfaces at board meeting (8/28/2018)
(Indiana) -- Emotional debate over the appropriateness of the Indians nickname and logos rose again Monday for the Indiana Area school board, but the talk was decidedly...
article Update: Napa High School announces new mascot, drawing grudging acceptance (8/17/2018)
(California) -- Napa High School’s new mascot identity is now the Grizzly following a landslide runoff election, it was announced Friday during the school’s...
article That time the Indiana State Fair used an offensive mascot to draw a crowd (8/17/2018)
(Indiana) -- Indiana State Fair officials had no idea they were doing anything offensive. Yet there they were being protested — loudly, on Opening Day in 1981....
article Billboard on I-94 protests Redskins mascot at Michigan high school (8/16/2018)
(Michigan) -- A billboard on I-94 in Kalamazoo County is protesting the mascot of a high school in West Michigan. WZZM reports that Native Americans are saying Paw Paw...
article Grants remove offensive Native American imagery (7/16/2018)
(Michigan) -- A fund is helping remove offensive depictions of Native Americans in city buildings, schools and monuments across Michigan. The Native American Heritage...
article Car dealership removes Native American statue after 50 years (7/16/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Chief Pontiac, the giant fiberglass statue of a Native American that for decades stood in a car lot atop a hill overlooking Patton Avenue, has left...
article University of Wyoming under fire for new ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ slogan (7/14/2018)
(Wyoming) -- A new slogan for the University of Wyoming has not been well-received by some staff and faculty who say the new motto excludes women and people of color....
article Proposal urges removal of Native American mascots (7/5/2018)
(Minnesota) -- An influential education group voted Thursday to urge all public schools in the United States to drop Native American mascots, highlighting a long-running...
article No plans to change Eskimos name after N.W.T. consultations (7/3/2018)
(Canada) -- After consulting with Inuit in the Northwest Territories, Edmonton's CFL team has no plans to discard the Eskimos name, says the team's CEO. "It...
article Native American group wants Butler County school’s mascot changed (6/30/2018)
(Ohio) -- A request to end use of Talawanda’s Braves mascot has again been submitted to the Butler County school district, this time from a national Native...
23 Total Articles on this Issue

Chief Wahoo

article OPINION: 90 years of racism doesn't go away overnight (10/14/2018)
(Ohio) -- It took the Cleveland baseball franchise 90 years, but their infamous Chief Wahoo mascot is now off the teams’ uniforms. In its place will be the block...
article Chief Wahoo Is Outta Here [OPINION] (10/12/2018)
(Ohio) -- After 71 years as the mascot for the Cleveland Indians, Chief Wahoo is gone. Under pressure for years by those who found his likeness offensive to some...
article Chief Wahoo gone from uniforms, still in Indians team stop (10/11/2018)
(Ohio) -- It is the end of an era for Indians fans as Chief Wahoo made his last appearance on team uniforms on Monday. While the logo won't be on jerseys and hats,...
article Chief Wahoo logo retired after Cleveland Indians' pennant hopes crushed (10/11/2018)
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians’ season ended Monday after a loss to the Houston Astros eliminated them from the American League Division Series, and with that...
article Cleveland Indians Play Final Game With Grinning Native American Caricature “Chief Wahoo” Logo (10/11/2018)
(Ohio) -- On Monday night, the Cleveland Indians were swept away by the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series, bringing the team’s 2018 season to a...
article Controversial Indians mascot makes final appearance on uniforms in playoff loss (10/11/2018)
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians took to the field for the last time this season Monday afternoon. And after the final out in a disappointingly short October playoff run...
article OP/ED: Goodbye and Good Riddance to Chief Wahoo !! (10/11/2018)
(Ohio) -- When the Cleveland Indians were eliminated Monday night from the American League Division Serices, after being swept by the Houston Astros, the team’s...
article OP/ED: The Cleveland Indians’ season is over - and so is mascot Chief Wahoo’s 71-year run (10/9/2018)
(Ohio) -- Chief Wahoo, the mascot of the Cleveland Indians, expired late Monday after his namesake baseball team was eliminated from the American League Division Series...
article Around the Horn: Cleveland needs to change its nickname immediately (9/10/2018)
(Ohio) -- Last weekend, the Cleveland Indians took the field against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre without Chief Wahoo - their red-faced, big-nosed, stereotype-...
article Indians remove Chief Wahoo from uniform sleeve for series in Toronto (9/7/2018)
(Toronto) -- The Cleveland Indians have removed the Chief Wahoo logo from the sleeve of their uniforms for a four-game series in Toronto. The decision to nix the logo...
article Shapiro will 'shed no tears' for Indians' Chief Wahoo logo (9/7/2018)
(Toronto) -- Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro spent more than two decades working for the Cleveland Indians. He'll "shed no tears" when the Chief...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Redskins

article 'It still stings': Billboard campaign aims to eliminate race-based mascots from Michigan schools (10/14/2018)
(Michigan) -- If you travel down Interstate 94 near Paw Paw, Mich., you'll see a massive billboard with nothing more than a definition on it. "Redskin. Noun....
article Why Won't Washington Redskins Change Their Name? With Cleveland's Wahoo (Kind Of) Out, It's Worth Asking (10/10/2018)
(USA) -- Chief Wahoo is (partially) dead. The Cleveland Indians' jerseys on Monday, for the last time, featured the cartoonish, red-hued, wide-grinned caricature...
article HOYER: The psychological toll of that name (10/5/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Zema Williams was enjoying a warm September day in South Philadelphia. A 40-year-old man, he sat on a bench in his traditional Native American...
article ACLU to Walmart: Keep Redskins gear out of Paw Paw store (9/20/2018)
(Michigan) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is pushing for Walmart to keep Paw Paw High School merchandise out of its local store, saying the school...
article Native American activists continue their fight against Redskins team name (9/17/2018)
(Arizona) -- They clambered from a small caravan of SUVs and cars in a CVS parking lot. They unpacked a few banners emblazoned with slogans like “I Am Not Your...
article University faculty talk reclaiming derogatory terms, The Slants Supreme Court decision (9/17/2018)
(Michigan) -- University of Michigan students and faculty discussed issues of free speech, derogatory terms and minority groups’ efforts to reclaim these terms...
article The Argument Against Washington Team's Mascot After Protest In Glendale (9/10/2018)
(Washington) -- It was the season opener for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, and while most of the headlines about the game were about...
article Protesters call for NFL mascot name change: "R*dskin is a dictionary-defined racial slur" (9/9/2018)
(Arizona) -- No players protested during the national anthem on the field ahead of the Arizona-Washington game Sunday afternoon at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, but...
article Nine Civil Rights organizations openly oppose Washington NFL team move to DC (8/24/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, NCAI and eight national civil rights organization partners joined together to formally denounce the Washington team's offensive R-word...
article Billboards reignite debate over Paw Paw mascot (8/15/2018)
(Michigan) -- There’s renewed debate over Paw Paw High School’s Redskins mascot after a new billboard was unveiled along I-94 Wednesday. The billboard...
article I-94 billboard protests school's Redskins mascot (8/15/2018)
(Michigan) -- A billboard visible from I-94 has been erected in protest of the Paw Paw High School mascot. The mascot Redskins, which is used for the school's sports...
article MORON ALERT: Joe Theismann Says He’s Spoken With Native Americans & They’re Cool With Redskins Name (VIDEO) (7/24/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- This past January, the Cleveland Indians finally caved into pressure to remove their beloved Chief Wahoo and many thought the Washington Redskins...
article Sidelining the Redskins – How US sports are facing an identity crisis (7/24/2018)
(USA) -- The Seattle Chieftains became the Redhawks in 2000, Arkansas state Indians became the ‘Red Wolves’ in 2008, the North Dakota Fighting Sioux became...
article TMZ: Joe Theismann: Native Americans Cool With Redskins ... Don't Change Name! (7/24/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Joe Theismann tells TMZ Sports he's talked to a few Native Americans recently ... and based on his unofficial straw poll -- the Washington team...
14 Total Articles on this Issue

Chickasaw Nation

article Wintun Nation chairman said end of baseball’s ‘Chief Wahoo’ a step forward (9/16/2018)
(California) -- The Cleveland Indians’ uniforms will be conspicuous next year. Not for something the baseball team adds. It’s what is eliminated: Chief Wahoo...
1 Article on this Issue

Japan Gaming

article MORON ALERT: Native American Casinos Eye Japan, Ignore Chief Wahoo At Home (7/16/2018)
(Japan) -- Japan’s upper legislative house has passed gaming addiction legislation and begun debate on the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill, the final step...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Washington Redskins all lose on Indigenous Peoples Day (10/11/2018)
(USA) -- On a busy sports day, there was one clear loser: any team with an offensive mascot. Monday was officially Columbus Day, but its less renowned counterpart...
article OP/ED: Mascot names not the problem (10/11/2018)
(Kansas) -- Not to seem insensitive, but we struggle to be offended by historical terms adopted by schools and sports teams and carried forward as the names of their...
article Mascot's future debated at forum (10/10/2018)
(Kansas) -- Weeks of planning came to a head on Tuesday to decide what will be the face of Atchison Public Schools. Anticipating high levels of turnout, the USD No. 409...
article UI Senate supports Peoria tribe's statement calling Chief 'degrading racial stereotype' (9/25/2018)
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois campus senate has gone on record supporting the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma's stance on Chief Illiniwek as a "degrading...
article Should Ohio schools ban Indian nicknames? Group asks state for help. (9/25/2018)
(Ohio) -- A half-dozen speakers urged the state board of education to ban the use of Native American nicknames, logos and mascots for school sports teams, citing...
article UI Trustees put in place by Professor Jay Rosenstein (9/20/2018)
(Illinois) -- There is something to be said for the kind of justice that resolves itself. UI Trustees Stuart King and Edward McMillan learned a lesson on it this past...
article CSULB’s mascot Prospector Pete is headed for the crowded mascot burial ground (9/20/2018)
(California) -- For now, at least, Prospector Pete, formally known as “The Forty-Niner Prospector,” is still perched at his longtime home, in the plaza...
article Squaw Ridge in Sierra Nevada renamed after proposal by Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (9/18/2018)
(Nevada) -- A ridge that stretches south of Caples Lake in the Mokelumne Wilderness has received a Washoe name, officials announced on Monday.
article That time the Indiana State Fair used an offensive mascot to draw a crowd (8/19/2018)
(Indiana) -- Indiana State Fair officials had no idea they were doing anything offensive. Yet there they were being protested — loudly, on Opening Day in 1981....
article LETTER: Maybe the new generation will teach us (8/19/2018)
(California) -- The opening of the school year has brought an election for a new mascot for Napa High School. The “Indian” is a thing of the past but many...
article LETTER: Napa High students were not given real choice (8/19/2018)
(California) -- So the Napa High Mascot voting has been narrowed down to two choices - Grizzly or Husky. What in the world have those two names got to do with the Napa...
article Say It With Your Chest: How a T-Shirt Proved the Worst Thing You Can Call White People Is 'White' (8/3/2018)
(New York) -- When Frederick Joseph recently decided to rock a politically-charged t-shirt on a day out in New York City, he knew there was a possibility of it turning...
article Native American grant helping school change mascot (7/13/2018)
(Michigan) -- The images of Native Americans as savages or as sports mascots are disappearing from schools, sports stadiums and monuments.
article OP/ED: University of Wyoming Under Fire for Slogan Referring to Its 'Cowboy' Mascot (7/13/2018)
(Wyoming) -- When you think of hotbeds of progressive activism, the University of Wyoming probably does not appear on your list. Wyoming residents seem to have a culture...
article Athletics director assures Mohigans aren’t losing logo (6/25/2018)
(West Virginia) -- Rumor, school pride and social media converged to ruffle a few feathers recently when some Morgantown High alumni feared the school was discarding the...
article Opinion: Racism under the guise of tradition (6/20/2018)
(Ohio) -- Ohio used to be home to many Native American tribes, most of which were murdered or displaced. But this information is not news to any of the folks at the June...
article Our View: Wells schools due cheers for team mascot vote (6/20/2018)
(Maine) -- The Wells school committee may not be accustomed to hearing cheers, but it deserves some for doing the right thing regarding the school mascot.
article Skowhegan last Maine school to hold on to Indian imagery (6/15/2018)
(Maine) -- A unanimous vote Wednesday by the Wells-Ogunquit school committee to remove Native American imagery associated with school sports teams now leaves only one...
article Wells-Ogunquit school district to remove Native American imagery (6/14/2018)
(Maine) -- Schools in Wells, Maine, will be getting a makeover, removing all Native American imagery associated with their mascot, the warrior. The school board accepted...
article High School Keeps Mascot, Collaborates With Native American Tribe (5/11/2018)
(Colorado) -- Strasburg High School calls themselves the “Home of the Indians.” The Native American mascot has served them well through the years, but more...

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