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Mascot Issue

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...
article Money being made available for schools looking to change mascots (1/4/2017)
(Michigan) -- More than a half million dollars in grant money is being made available to schools and local organizations to improve awareness and educate people on...
article Casino revenue to fund mascot changes, infrastructure (1/3/2017)
(Michigan) -- Revenue from FireKeepers Casino Hotel will be used for projects related to promoting Native American history, including doing away with potentially...
13 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.
article OPINION: American Indian Issues: Truth and reconciliation (1/6/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Remember your first Welcome Weekend? Students being dropped off at the residence halls, meeting their roommates, attending various events, and maybe...
2 Total Articles 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...
article Funds could rid Michigan schools of Native American mascots (1/7/2017)
(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 Grant approved for Michigan schools to change Native American mascots (1/6/2017)
(Michigan) -- Schools in Michigan hoping to change their mascot will soon have some help to do that. A half million dollars in grant money has been approved.
article Tribe offers money to help schools to drop racist mascots (1/6/2017)
(Michigan) -- Heather Herron was about 14 years old when she realized that her high school's mascot, the Redskins, did not sit well with her. The 2007 graduate of...
article Changes To Tribal Agreement Could Mean Fewer Native American Mascots (1/5/2017)
(Michigan) -- Schools may be changing their Native American mascots in the near future. That’s thanks to an amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between...
article Funds could rid Michigan schools of Native American mascots (1/5/2017)
(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 Money being made available for schools looking to change mascots (1/5/2017)
(Michigan) -- More than a half million dollars in grant money is being made available to schools and local organizations to improve awareness and educate people on...
article Changes to tribal agreement could mean fewer Native American mascots (1/4/2017)
(Michigan) -- Changes are coming to a tribal agreement with the state and Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi that would help schools change their mascots.
article FireKeepers alters its deal with the State (1/4/2017)
(Michigan) -- Some of the money that the FireKeepers Casino in Calhoun County pays to the state through its tribal gaming compact will be repurposed for a use some may...
article This Native American tribe’s plan could help schools ditch racist mascots (1/4/2017)
(Michigan) -- An agreement between the state of Michigan and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi could set a precedent for schools nationally to rid themselves...
press release NHBP and Governor Snyder Announce Amendment to Tribal-State Gaming Compact (1/4/2017)
(Michigan) -- The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and Office of the Governor of the State of Michigan announce the approval of a Second Amendment to the Tribal...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

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...
article After 90 Years, Rural Oregon School District To Drop Indian Mascot (2/10/2017)
(Oregon) -- After 90 years, the Marcola School District is dropping its mascot, the Mohawk Indians. While some locals saw it as a point of pride, others deemed it...
article State lawmakers consider ban on Native American-themed mascots (2/9/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- It’s a debate that’s divided many communities. 22News explains how Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to ban Native American-...
article School's Native American statue, now banned, finds new home (2/9/2017)
(Oregon) -- A steel statue removed from a coastal Oregon town after the state banned Native American mascots has found a new home. The Daily Astorian reported Wednesday...
article Bill seeks to force KP, Foxboro, Seekonk high schools to drop Native American nicknames (2/7/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- High school athletic teams are accustomed to fending off shots from their on-field rivals, but now they’re getting flack from Beacon Hill.
article Former Indian Mascot Booster Shares Why He Changed His Mind (2/7/2017)
(Oregon) -- This week we’re launching a new series, the “KLCC Listening Tour”, which will have our reporters covering stories from across our listening...
article Where 'Indian' works as a mascot in Indian Country (2/7/2017)
(California) -- Pocatello High School in Idaho celebrates its 125th birthday this year. And for all or most of those years, Pocatello High has been known as the Indians.
article Editorial: Turners Falls High mascot question poses dilemma (2/6/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- In taking on the Turners Falls mascot question, the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee undertook what its members had hoped would be a...
article Bill would forbid schools from using Native American mascots (2/5/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- There would be no more Wamps, Indians or Red Raiders on the fields of the South Shore. That would be the case if a bill introduced this year into the...
article Parents ask state to retire Native American mascots (2/1/2017)
(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...
article A call to change the AHS mascot (1/29/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- To the editor: We, the undersigned alumni of the Amesbury High School Class of 2006, vehemently disagree with the recent Amesbury School Committee...
article New play takes on Parsippany High's controversial mascot name change (1/29/2017)
(New Jersey) -- Soon after leaving her native California and settling in New Jersey, playwright Nikkole Salter noticed something unusual about her new home state: the...
article Defeated in Tewksbury, 'Redmen' foes seek relief on Beacon Hill (1/24/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- With the help of state Sen. Barbara L'Italien, a group of Tewksbury residents is taking their fight to change the town's high school symbol,...
article OP/ED: Even those who've loved Chief Wahoo since childhood have to let it go: Nick Galaida (1/21/2017)
(Ohio) -- As a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan and season ticket holder who spends most of his summer at the ballpark, for me, Chief Wahoo is more than a team logo. Chief...

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