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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

Mascot Issue

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...
article President of Edmonton Eskimos visits N.W.T. to talk controversial team name (6/27/2018)
(Northwest Territories) -- Northerners are letting the Edmonton Eskimos know what they think of the team's name. The president and CEO of the team came to...
article Teacher: District's mascot violates state rules (6/21/2018)
(Oregon) -- An Oregon teacher has filed a complaint claiming a school district's new mascot is racist and violates rules prohibiting the use of American Indian-...
article Marcola teacher files complaint with state alleging ‘racist’ mascot violates state rules (6/19/2018)
(Oregon) -- A Marcola School District teacher has filed a formal complaint with the Oregon Department of Education alleging that the district’s redesigned mascot...
article Skowhegan last Maine school to retain Native American mascot (6/17/2018)
(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 Native American imagery to be removed from Wells schools (6/13/2018)
(Maine) -- The use of Native American imagery associated with the Wells High School Warriors mascot will be discontinued immediately, following a Wells-Ogunquit School...
article School board ends long, emotional debate with vote to remove Native American imagery from Wells mascots (6/13/2018)
(Maine) -- The Wells-Ogunquit school committee voted unanimously Wednesday to remove Native American imagery associated with school mascots. The vote ended a seven-month...
article Tribute or racial slur: Is it time for schools to give up Native American mascots? (6/11/2018)
(Ohio) -- On Tuesday, people in Anderson Township will be mad – all because a school committee is supposed to make a recommendation. The branding committee will...
article MORON ALERT: Pro-Chief Billboard Placed Near U. Of Illinois Campus (6/7/2018)
(Illinois) -- More than a decade after The University of Illinois retired the school's Native American mascot, Chief Illiniwek, it's evident that some haven'...
article MORON ALERT: As Hard as It Tries, Illinois Can’t Move On From Its Native American Mascot (6/6/2018)
(Illinois) -- In recent weeks, someone in Champaign, Ill., raised a banner sure to stoke the culture war this college town finds itself embroiled in. This fight over...
article Mayor says Indians are right on ‘redface’ (6/6/2018)
(Wyoming) -- After meeting with several Native Americans who live on the Wind River Reservation, Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon condemned the use of “redface” to...
article NC dealership to remove giant Native American 'Chief Pontiac' statue after 'ugly' incident (6/3/2018)
(North Carolina) -- When Sabrina Arch arrived at the Harry's on the Hill dealership, she said she should have known how she would be treated. Standing on the edge of...
article Wells teams should still be the Warriors, panel recommends, but stop using Native American imagery (5/24/2018)
(Maine) -- The Wells High School Mascot Advisory Committee will recommend discontinuing the use of Native American imagery while keeping the Warriors nickname, based on...
article Wells mascot committee may have violated open meetings law with secret vote (5/23/2018)
(Maine) -- The group that's examining what to do about the Native American imagery associated with the high school mascot made its recommendation to the school...
article COLUMN: Why the battle over SDSU's Aztec Warrior is a win for all Aztecs (5/23/2018)
(California) -- I graduated from San Diego State University 36 years ago this month. I guess that makes me old. I know it makes me nostalgic and prone to muttering...
article UI alumna says Chief Illiniwek mascot can be reinvented (5/19/2018)
(Illinois) -- A University of Illinois alumna says officials should form closer ties with the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and reinvent the university's...
article MORON ALERT: Supporters hope to keep 'Fighting Illini,' reinvent Chief Illiniwek (5/18/2018)
(Illinois) -- On the heels of a trip by two University of Illinois trustees to Oklahoma, a Chief Illiniwek supporter Thursday urged the board to forge closer ties with...
article SDSU to keep Aztec name following racially and politically charged debate (5/17/2018)
(California) -- San Diego State University will keep the word Aztec as its nickname but create a more culturally sensitive version of its mascot in a decision that...
article High School Keeps Mascot, Collaborates With Native American Tribe (5/14/2018)
(Colorado) -- Strasburg High School calls themselves the “Home of the Indians.” The Native American mascot has served them well through the years, but more...
article Forum: Keep Warriors at Wells High School, but lose imagery (5/8/2018)
(Maine) -- Keep the Warriors name, ditch the Native American imagery. That was the overwhelming sentiment expressed Tuesday night in a public forum held to discuss Wells...
article Sports Digest: Residents will have say on Wells High mascot (5/7/2018)
(Maine) -- Wells and Ogunquit residents can voice their opinion Tuesday night on whether Wells High should keep or change its Native American Warrior mascot, more than...
article Tomahawk Chops and Indian Mascots, Vanishing From U.S. Stadiums, Live On in Europe (5/6/2018)
(Europe) -- Benjamin Bundervoet was wearing his normal workday outfit — a blue-and-white feathered headdress, a fringed tunic and chaps, bright paint streaked...
article Estelline School District dropping 'Redmen' nickname (5/4/2018)
(South Dakota) -- The Estelline School District in eastern South Dakota is shedding its controversial Native American imagery by choosing a new team name and mascot. The...
article ‘Extremely offensive’: GW students launch petition to change Colonials nickname. They prefer ‘Hippos.’ (5/3/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Some students are asking to change a longtime nickname for George Washington University, arguing that “Colonials” is offensive because...
article 'It's really disheartening.' Some upset about Maine West getting rid of mascot (5/2/2018)
(Illinois) -- Reactions both pro and con from students, alumni and American Indian groups came the day after Maine West High School's decision to do away with its...
article Decades of debate over Native American nicknames (5/1/2018)
(Illinois) -- Maine West High School's decision to eliminate its Native American "Warrior" mascot isn't the first time a suburban high school, and some...
article Reactions mixed to Maine West's ouster of Warrior mascot (5/1/2018)
(Illinois) -- Reactions both pro and con from students, alumni and American Indian groups came the day after Maine West High School's decision to do away with its...
article Debate over Anderson High Redskin mascot gets louder, more incensed and no closer to resolution (4/30/2018)
(Ohio) -- "Races of people should not be mascots," Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition spokesman Jheri Neri said Monday night. "Period."
article Maine West drops American Indian portrayal (4/30/2018)
(Illinois) -- Administrators at Maine West High School said Monday that the Des Plaines school is ending its decades-old tradition of having a person dressed as an...
article University wants public input on Chief Illiniwek (4/27/2018)
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois is working to gauge public opinion on ideas generated by conversations on Chief Illiniwek and Native American imagery. An on-...
article UI seeking public input on ideas from 'critical conversation' on Chief (4/26/2018)
(Illinois) -- The general public will have a chance to weigh in on ideas generated by the recent conversation on Chief Illiniwek and Native American imagery at an event...
article Des Plaines school reviews ‘Warrior’ mascot after criticism (4/15/2018)
(Illinois) -- Officials at a high school in suburban Chicago are re-examining the use of an Indian mascot after a burst of social media attention. The Chicago Tribune...
article UI and C-U community use dialogue to find common ground on Chief Illiniwek (4/11/2018)
(Illinois) -- It's been a decade since Chief Illiniwek was removed as the University of Illinois’ mascot, but students, alumni, and community members are still...
article Native American Students Back Maine West Mascot Re-Think (4/10/2018)
(Maine) -- Native American students at Maine West High School in Des Plaines are grateful that use of the school’s mascot, the Warrior, has come into question,...
article 'Critical conversation' on Chief brings a bit of closure if no resolution (4/10/2018)
(Illinois) -- Nothing was resolved, but Tuesday's conversation about Chief Illiniwek may have provided a bit of "closure" 11 years after the Chief's...
40 Total Articles on this Issue

Redskins

article For now, Anderson High School athletes are still Redskins (6/12/2018)
(Ohio) -- After nearly four months of heated debate, a committee assembled to investigate the modern-day acceptability of Anderson High School’s "Redskin...
article A.J. Francis calls Redskins’ logo “racist” (5/3/2018)
(New York) -- Former Washington defensive tackle A.J. Francis didn’t waste any time ripping his former team after it cut him Monday. After he signed with the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Chief Wahoo

article Chief concerns: Native American mascots under increasing scrutiny (5/26/2018)
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians made news which transcended the sports world in January with the announcement that the Chief Wahoo logo, which has represented the team...
article MLB no longer selling new Cleveland Indians cap that included a Native American caricature alongside patch honoring Jackie Robinson (4/16/2018)
(Ohio) -- Sunday was Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball, but one piece of memorabilia from the Cleveland Indians drew controversy and has already been pulled...
article MLB tried commemorating Jackie Robinson Day with a racist hat (4/16/2018)
(Ohio) -- For some reason, MLB thought it would be kosher to celebrate Jackie Robinson’s fight against racism with a racist hat. Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated...
article MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson day with controversial Chief Wahoo hat (4/15/2018)
(Ohio) -- For a league now claiming the Cleveland Indians ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo is no longer appropriate and will be retired after 2018, Major League Baseball...
article MLB Shop removes Chief Wahoo hat with Jackie Robinson Day patch from site (4/15/2018)
(Ohio) -- What’s the best way to celebrate Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier? Wearing a cap that features an unabashedly racist...
article Let ‘Chief Wahoo’ do some good (4/14/2018)
(USA) -- Major League Baseball has convinced the Cleveland Indians to remove their Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms. That may be a victory over racism or a cynical gesture...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Fighting Sioux

article Dispute highlights North Dakota's tough sell of new nickname (5/23/2018)
(North Dakota) -- It's been two years since the University of North Dakota unveiled its new Fighting Hawks logo that put it in good standing with the NCAA, but a...
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Other News

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...
article Take it from the girl with ‘the most school spirit,’ Maine West’s mascot must go (4/12/2018)
(Illinois) -- The Maine West High School Warrior mascot has to go. The logo, too. I don’t say this casually. I’m a 1989 graduate of the Des Plaines school...
article Public invited to weigh in on Wells Warriors mascot (4/12/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the community are invited to weigh in on the Wells Warriors mascot during a public forum on May 8. The Mascot Advisory Committee scheduled...
article Column: Mascots shouldn't be racist (4/12/2018)
(North Carolina) -- If you’ve seen my social media platforms in the past week, you probably know about my post-grad plans. I will be attending Florida State...
article ‘Red Indian’ Udder Side flavor stirs community controversy (3/22/2018)
(Michigan) -- The flavor of the week at the Udder Side is swirling up con­tro­versy, as some local res­i­dents com­plain the name of the “Red...
article March Madness picks by which mascots would win in the octagon (3/16/2018)
(USA) -- Let’s face it, you’re not going to win your bracket pool by picking on knowledge, so throw caution to the wind and pick teams my way: solely based...
article Fate of Napa High Indian faces final decision by NVUSD board next week (3/16/2018)
(California) -- The Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees will make a final decision on the fate of the Napa High Indian name and logo at a special...
article Anderson logo deemed 'racist' by some at board meeting (2/27/2018)
(Ohio) -- A group of Anderson High School community members told their school board it's time to change the school's team name they feel is insensitive and...
article Brown named first Native American LSJUMB mascot (2/26/2018)
(California) -- After two weeks of stunts, Dahkota Brown ’20 has been chosen as the new Stanford Tree. Selected by current members of the Leland Stanford Junior...
article Chief Illiniwek protesters, supporters turn out for Illinois' final home basketball game (2/22/2018)
(Illinois) -- Nearly 100 demonstrators stood outside the main entrance to the State Farm Center chanting, “Down with the Chief,” and holding signs demanding...
article OP/ED: Enough is enough on the Indian symbol (2/22/2018)
(California) -- I really feel the NVUSD board has abused the Napa High Indian symbol, and enough is enough. They got their just deserves in the hazing situation when it...
article Middle-Schooler Cries Foul on Indian Street Names; Residents Fight Back (2/21/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Framingham City Council considered and then shot down a proposal by a middle school student to change the names of streets in Framingham that have...
article 'Paint the Hall Chief' call has many riled up (2/18/2018)
(Illinois) -- A call to "Paint the Hall Chief" at Thursday's Illini basketball game against Purdue has sparked allegations of trademark infringement and...

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