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article Democrats object to land deal for NFL team with 'racist' name (12/17/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Two key Democrats -- Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) -- don't want the NFL team with the "racist"...
article Daniel Snyder belongs on the NFL’s Hall of Shame. D.C. shouldn’t indulge him. (12/14/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s hard to not get worked up about a new stadium possibly getting built on the existing RFK site, especially with Washington’s...
article Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C. (12/13/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Will the Washington NFL team and its racist mascot be returning to the nation's capital with the help of the Trump administration and Congress?
article Democratic Rep. McCollum opposes Washington Redskins stadium on federal land; calls name a 'racial slur' (12/11/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The next chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies made it clear on Tuesday that she is firmly...
article Key Dem lawmaker objects to building new Redskins stadium on federal land (12/11/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The incoming Democratic chair of an influential congressional subcommittee said she opposes a plan to build a stadium for the Washington Redskins on...
article Key Democratic lawmakers object to Redskins stadium on federal land (12/11/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Two key lawmakers — the incoming chairman of a House panel and the ranking Democratic senator directing the Interior Department’s...
article The Washington Redskins’ Interest in Colin Kaepernick Went Nowhere. Good. (12/11/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Tuesday that his injury-racked team would not sign Colin Kaepernick to a contract. The...
article Utah school district considers changing 'Redmen' mascot (11/30/2018)
(Utah) -- A review is underway to determine if a potentially offensive mascot at a southern Utah high school should remain. The Spectrum reports Iron County school...
article JEFFERSON KEEL: Here’s something I’d be thankful for: Ridding football of racial slurs (11/21/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Thanksgiving, as most Americans know, is the day we commemorate the bountiful harvests that brought together the newly arrived Pilgrims and members...
article Going Native: Losing the Hate (11/20/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- National Football League owners are reacting to Washington, D.C. team owner Daniel Snyder’s plans to rebuild Robert F. Kennedy Memorial...
article Going Native: Losing the Hate (11/18/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- National Football League owners are reacting to Washington, D.C. team owner Daniel Snyder’s plans to rebuild Robert F. Kennedy Memorial...
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....
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article Ontario city settles complaint over use of Indigenous mascots and logos (12/14/2018)
(Ontario) -- Indigenous-themed mascots, names, imagery and symbols used by non-aboriginal sports teams will be removed from arenas and other facilities in Mississauga,...
article Maine is one school away from ending offensive team names and mascots (12/10/2018)
(Maine) -- The Skowhegan-area school district is the last in the state to use the Indians nickname for its sports teams. The school board has again opened the door to...
article Debate over Skowhegan’s ‘Indians’ mascot pits neighbor against neighbor (12/9/2018)
(Maine) -- Thursday’s meeting of the Regional School Unit 54 school board unfolded in the same way a number of other school board meetings in Skowhegan have in...
article Health Experts Join The Push For Kansas City Chiefs To Stop Using American Indian Symbols (12/9/2018)
(Kansas) -- The Kansas City Chiefs are ranked No. 1 in the AFC West and come in at No. 4 in the just-released NFL power rankings. Chiefs fans are feeling proud. But...
article Health Experts Join The Push For Kansas City Chiefs To Stop Using American Indian Symbols (12/8/2018)
(Kansas) -- The Kansas City Chiefs are ranked No. 1 in the AFC West and come in at No. 4 in the just-released NFL power rankings. Chiefs fans are feeling proud. But...
article ‘Indians’ mascot name draws defenders, opponents at Skowhegan meeting (12/6/2018)
(Maine) -- It should be up to the people being portrayed by nicknames, images and sports mascots to determine if the portrayal is offensive, say supporters of a movement...
article 'This name has to be changed': Community talks controversial Cedar High School mascot (12/5/2018)
(Utah) -- Dozens gathered at Cedar High School on Tuesday night to begin a public discussion to determine if the school’s mascot should be changed. The image of a...
article Co-chairman of Chief panel has 'cautious optimism' after first meeting (12/4/2018)
(Illinois) -- Eric Jolly has experience helping communities through traumatic events, from Northern Ireland’s Troubles to the aftermath of 9/11. Now, he hopes to...
article Rohl shares message of eliminating Native-based mascots with student journalists (12/3/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Prescott senior Cody Rohl has always been an avid football fan, but it wasn't until middle school that Rohl's Sundays spent watching one of his...
article U of I Committee Won't Replace Chief Illinwek Yet (11/30/2018)
(Illinois) -- A top University of Illinois official says a new campus committee won't be choosing a replacement for the school's former Chief Illiniwek mascot.
article UI chancellor: Chief panel tasked only with finding path forward, not paving it (11/30/2018)
(Illinois) -- Chancellor Robert Jones wants to make one thing clear about the commission he appointed to flesh out suggestions from the "Critical Conversation...
article School district votes to drop Native American mascot (11/25/2018)
(Ohio) -- An Ohio school district is dropping its Native American mascot after a close school board vote. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the Talawanda...
article 'The right thing to do': Manitoba minor hockey association Mitchell Mohawks changing name and logo (11/23/2018)
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba minor hockey association using an Indigenous group as its name and an image of an Indigenous man in a traditional headdress as its logo will...
article Talawanda drops Native American mascot in close vote (11/21/2018)
(Ohio) -- Talawanda Schools will no longer be represented by a Native American mascot. Not after a long school board meeting Monday evening and a close vote saw the...
article Talawanda school board votes to phase out Native American mascot (11/20/2018)
(Ohio) -- The Talawanda School District is changing its mascot name and will phase out the Native American logo. After a three and a half hour meeting Monday night, the...
article Miwok tribe attests to Dixie name amid school district controversy (11/20/2018)
(California) -- The controversy over a proposed name change for the Dixie School District intensified in recent days with a revelation from a Miwok tribe member that her...
article Sisters taking up Indian mascot issue with Skowhegan school board (11/19/2018)
(Maine) -- Two Skowhegan-born sisters are calling for peace between opposing sides in the long running debate over the nickname “Indians” for the high school...
article McGill students vote to change 'Redmen' sports teams name (11/13/2018)
(Montreal) -- McGill University students have voted in favour of changing the name shared by varsity men's sports teams, the Redmen, in a move they hope will...
article School board rejects mascot change (11/12/2018)
(Kansas) -- A majority of the school board in Atchison, Kansas, voted on Monday to retain controversial district mascots. Atchison Public Schools USD 409 Board of...
article Professor: University’s ‘Redmen’ team name ‘reinforces white settler society’ (11/11/2018)
(Washington) -- Another university, another name/mascot controversy. Washington State University’s Richard King says McGill University’s team name of “...
article Committee to examine possible change to Armijo’s mascot name (11/10/2018)
(California) -- Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees directed Superintendent Kris Corey this week to begin the process of convening an advisory committee to examine...
article New Jersey schools split on Native American sports mascots, logos (11/9/2018)
(New Jersey) -- On the same day Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School announced it would be changing its logo from a Native American-like symbol to a knight, students at...
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...
23 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article Giago: Sorry but the R-Word does not honor Native Americans (12/3/2018)
(South Dakota) -- When the early settlers needed extra cash they would say, “Let’s go out and kill some Redskins and collect the bounty on them.” They...
1 Article on this Issue

Chief Wahoo

article With new look, return of MLB All-Star Game, Indians 'move on' from Chief Wahoo (11/26/2018)
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians didn't try to oversell the uniform updates they announced on Monday, Nov. 19. "Bold and simple" was how Bob DiBiasio, the...
article Chief Wahoo removed from Cleveland baseball uniforms (11/19/2018)
(Ohio) -- After more than seven decades of being a fixture of Cleveland Baseball, Chief Wahoo has been removed from the Indian's caps and uniforms. The team...
article Cleveland Indians unveil new uniform option, updates to existing uniforms (11/19/2018)
(Ohio) -- When the Cleveland Indians take the field in 2019, they'll do so with a new look. On Monday, the Indians unveiled a new alternate uniform, as well as...
article Change Cleveland’s nickname right now (11/17/2018)
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians announced they will unveil a new uniform option on their jerseys to replace Chief Wahoo. They already have the block “C” as...
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...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Penobscot Tribe

article Tribal ambassador asks school district to retire nickname (11/12/2018)
(Maine) -- The tribal ambassador from the Penobscot Nation is appealing a request to the Skowhegan school district to retire the nickname "Indians" for the...
article Penobscot Nation ambassador calls on Skowhegan to retire ‘Indians’ nickname (11/11/2018)
(Maine) -- The tribal ambassador from the Penobscot Nation this month called on the Board of Directors of Skowhegan-based School Administrative District 54 to retire the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

National Congress of American Indians

press release National Congress of American Indians Passes Resolution Opposing Washington NFL Team’s Return to D.C. Until R-word Name is Changed (10/30/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- National Congress of American Indians Passes Resolution Opposing Washington NFL Team’s Return to D.C. Until R-word Name is Changed
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Other News

article Mississauga to remove Indigenous-themed mascots, imagery from sports facilities (12/13/2018)
(Ontario) -- Mississauga will take down all "Indigenous-themed" imagery, symbols and names from city-owned sports facilities as part of a settlement worked out...
article Letters to the editor, Nov. 30: Cedar High mascot; Bluff Street; LDS criticism (11/29/2018)
(Utah) -- I commend the Iron County school board for raising the issue of the Cedar High Mascot. I think the mascot should be changed. I know many people value the long...
article Cedar High School mascot under review; public can weigh in (11/28/2018)
(Utah) -- Iron County school officials are considering changing Cedar High’s mascot. A review is underway to determine if the Redmen name and image should remain,...
article Iron County school officials consider changing 'Redmen' mascot (11/28/2018)
(Utah) -- A review is underway to determine if a potentially offensive mascot at a Utah high school should remain. The Spectrum reports Iron County school officials are...
article What’s in a name? School committee to decide fate of Cedar High’s ‘Redmen’ mascot (11/28/2018)
(Utah) -- Should Cedar High’s mascot be changed? Although this is not the first time the question has arisen, it is the issue being studied by a committee...
article The Cedar City 'Redmen' May Be Getting A New Mascot (11/27/2018)
(Utah) -- When the drill team at Cedar High School in southwest Utah performed a dance with a Native American theme two years ago, a lot of people took notice —...
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...

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