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Indian Tribe Offers to Pay for Redskins Name Change, But Not in Washington

One American Indian tribe so offended by the name Redskins, they’re willing to pay to have it changed . . . just not the team in Washington.

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Mascot Issue

4/15/2018

article Des Plaines school reviews ‘Warrior’ mascot after criticism
(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...

4/11/2018

article UI and C-U community use dialogue to find common ground on Chief Illiniwek
(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...

4/10/2018

article Native American Students Back Maine West Mascot Re-Think
(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
(Illinois) -- Nothing was resolved, but Tuesday's conversation about Chief Illiniwek may have provided a bit of "closure" 11 years after the Chief's...
article Last official Chief portrayer: 'Move forward on a common point'
(Illinois) -- The last person to officially portray Chief Illiniwek says he isn't sure the dance he performed is ever coming back, but he'd like to see the...
article University discusses Chief controversy
(Illinois) -- The UI is hosting a "critical conversation" to talk about one of the most controversial topics at the school. Two speakers from each side of the...

4/9/2018

article One Leader Wants to Move Beyond His University’s Controversial Mascot. Here’s What He Has in Mind.
(Illinois) -- More than a decade ago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gave the boot to its Native American mascot, Chief Illiniwek. But fans of Illiniwek...

4/7/2018

article Will Maine West High School drop Native American mascot?
(Maine) -- Maine West High School is reconsidering its use of a Warrior mascot amid criticism from members of Native American nations. The mascot for the Des Plaines...

4/6/2018

article Maine West High School re-examining American Indian mascot after social media criticism
(Maine) -- While many high schools and colleges have abandoned their American Indian-themed mascots, the Maine West Warrior has endured despite increasingly heated...
article Cherokee Endorsement Of Maine West Warrior Mascot Questioned
(Illinois) -- The blue headdress-adorned Native American that has been the Maine West Warriors mascot for nearly six decades could reconsidered, as school's belief...
article Suburban school mascot causing controversy after video goes viral
(Illinois) -- A mascot at a suburban high school is at the center of new controversy. Des Plaines Maine West’s warrior is drawing criticism from the Native...

4/3/2018

article 'Critical conversation' on Chief to feature two prominent guest speakers
(Illinois) -- Next week's "critical conversation" about the Chief Illiniwek controversy and Native American imagery will feature a former Chief portrayer...

4/1/2018

article Board plans to meet with Anderson High School over Redskins mascot
(Ohio) -- The Forest Hills School District announced the Board of Education is holding a meeting with the Anderson High School Branding and Mascot Committee Monday. The...
article Cleveland reportedly phasing Brownie the Elf mascot out by 2019 season
(Ohio) -- Last week at the NFL’s annual league meeting, Cleveland Browns owner Dee Haslam confirmed that the team has already been talking to the NFL about...

3/30/2018

article Group wants to preserve American Indian emblem at Cottage Grove high school
(Minnesota) -- A group in Cottage Grove wants to save an Indian head mosaic from destruction. The emblem was installed in a hallway floor of Park High School in 1965,...

3/29/2018

article School board votes to abolish logos for Napa High Indians and Redwood Warriors
(California) -- The fate of the Napa High School Indian was finally decided Thursday, March 22 at a special meeting of the Napa Valley Unified School District Board of...

3/23/2018

article School board votes to abolish logos for Napa High Indians and Redwood Warriors
(California) -- The fate of the Napa High School Indian was finally decided Thursday night at a special meeting of the Napa Valley Unified School District Board of...

3/22/2018

article Minn. high school will remove Indian head mosaic from hallway floor
(Minnesota) -- No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial...

3/21/2018

article Superintendent: Park High School Indian emblem must go
(Minnesota) -- No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School again. The Cottage Grove high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a...
article Prescott students gain support from Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Community
(Wisconsin) -- The 2017-18 winter sports season may be over, but the school districts of Baldwin-Woodville and Osceola will still be representing their team names of the...

3/19/2018

article OP/ED: In Defense of the Redskin
(Indian Country) -- Over the last couple decades, teams carrying Native American names, logos, and mascots have been increasingly called on to abandon their long-used...

3/13/2018

article UI Senate approves resolution urging leaders to put Chief in past
(Illinois) -- The campus senate is urging University of Illinois leaders to move beyond the decades-long Chief Illiniwek controversy by supporting Native American...
article Change from Native American sports mascots has been slow, some say
(Wisconsin) -- Native American culture is woven deep into the fabric of Wisconsin. So, it’s no surprise that some high schools chose nicknames and mascots based...

3/12/2018

article Alaska Schools Drop Mascot After Less Than 30 Days Because It Might Be Offensive
(Alaska) -- Three high schools in Alaska decided to ditch their newly minted mascot because it has the potential to become offensive. Thunder Mountain, Yaakoosge...
article Online definition sparks concern over Juneau sports nickname
(Alaska) -- Juneau School District students have decided to reevaluate the nickname they chose for their new combined sports teams because an online resource has a...

3/11/2018

article Concerned by potential slur, students oust Thunder Bears as district mascot
(Alaska) -- It’s back to the drawing board to find a mascot for Juneau’s combined high school sports teams. Students decided Saturday that Thunder Bears,...

3/10/2018

article Massachusetts High School Hold Poll for New Nickname
(Massachusetts) -- A western Massachusetts high school is asking members of the community to help pick a news sports mascot after dropping its Native American-themed...

2/27/2018

article Problems persist protesting the chief
(Illinois) -- A rule has students and faculty proposing a resolution to stop the unofficial chief from being at UI sporting events. It started when there was a movement...
article UI Senate resolution seeks action to stop Chief appearances
(Illinois) -- A resolution calling on the campus to stop appearances by an unofficial Chief Illiniwek at University of Illinois sporting events will be taken up by the...
article Bank Drops Indian Chief Logo — Even Though No One Had Complained About It
(New Hampshire) -- Mascoma Bank, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, has used an image of an American Indian spearing a fish from a canoe as its logo since the 1960s. But no more...
article Native American Emblem Divides Some in Cottage Grove
(Minnesota) -- A controversy surrounding a Native American emblem on the floor of Park High School is dividing some Cottage Grove residents. The Indian head mosaic was...

2/24/2018

article Mascoma Bank to Drop Native American Logo
(Vermont) -- Centuries after he is believed to have lived and more than 50 years after he was adopted as the symbol of Mascoma Bank, Chief Mascommah will disappear from...
article Proposed mascot change sparks controversy
(Kansas) -- A proposed mascot change for one northeast Kansas school has sparked debate on social media. It surrounds a mascot, that for sometime itself, has sparked...

2/23/2018

article Superintendent, coach say school should keep Warriors team name, but ditch ‘imagery’
(Maine) -- Calls to remove the Native American imagery from the Wells High School mascot garnered further support last week when Superintendent Jim Daly and football...

2/16/2018

article 'Redskins' name change a costly decision for many schools
(Maryland) -- On Fall Friday nights, students at Belding High School in Michigan flock to the school's stadium to cheer on the Black Knights football team. On the...
article Advocates want new mascot at Western High
(Las Vegas) -- A group of parents, students, and community members think the mascot of Western High School is offensive and needs to be changed. Amaia Marcos is a high...
article Local Native American speaks out on changing Mohawk name
(Iowa) -- After a Mason City mom with four children of Native American decent sent a letter to the school board asking them to change the Mohawk name, one local Native...
article Move to retire Wells’ Native American mascot gets significant support
(Oregon) -- Two prominent members of the committee charged with studying Wells High School’s Native American-themed Warriors mascot called for the imagery to be...

2/14/2018

article Mason City mom looks to discuss changes to Mason City Mohwaks nickname
(Iowa) -- A Mason City mother is pushing for changes to the Mason City Schools nickname, the Mohawks. Le Anne Clausen de Montes presented a letter to the Mason City...
article Move to retire Wells’ Native American mascot gets significant support
(Maine) -- Two prominent members of the committee charged with studying Wells High School’s Native American-themed Warriors mascot called for the imagery to be...

2/10/2018

article ‘Disparaging’ Native American nicknames target of new bill
(Arizona) -- A Native American lawmaker wants a new state law to forbid the display of any name or logo of any sports team at any publicly funded stadium if any of the...

2/9/2018

article Descheenie moves to ban 'disparaging' terms
(Arizona) -- A Native American lawmaker wants a new state law to forbid the display of any name or logo of any sports team at any publicly funded stadium if any of the...
article Exploring the inherent racism in America’s Native American mascots
(Illinois) -- The wounds of cultural genocide are not easily healed. Luckily, as the writers of history, the dominant culture, we have the privilege to bestow upon our...

2/6/2018

article Descheenie moves to ban 'disparaging' terms
(Arizona) -- A Native American lawmaker wants a new state law to forbid the display of any name or logo of any sports team at any publicly funded stadium if any of the...

2/5/2018

article Halbritter praises Cleveland Indians plan to drop mascot; says Redskins name needs to go
(New York) -- Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Indian Nation, praised the Cleveland Indians baseball team decision to remove the "Chief Wahoo...

2/4/2018

article Cleveland Indians: Getting rid of Chief Wahoo is a mistake
(Ohio) -- If you’re like me and is a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Indians then you must wonder why the Dolans and the balance of Indians management are doing away...
article OP/ED: Well Done, Indians. Now Change The Name
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that, in 2019, the Cleveland Indians will remove the controversial Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms....

2/3/2018

article Native Americans could ban team nicknames they find offensive
(Arizona) -- A Native American lawmaker wants a new state law to forbid the display of any name or logo of any sports team at any publicly funded stadium if any of the...
article Native Americans urge Wells-Ogunquit schools to stop using ‘false imagery’
(Maine) -- Amelia Tuplin’s charges of offensive and racially demeaning behavior at a high school football game last fall prompted the Wells-Ogunquit School...
article OP/ED: "Fighting Irish” Notre Dame symbol not racist like American Indian ones
(USA) -- An ESPN host claimed that Notre Dame's Fighting Irish symbol is racist in like the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo. That is not the case. Likening Notre...

1/29/2018

article Professor on Leave After Mascot Dispute
(Illinois) -- Jay Rosenstein, a professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and vocal critic of Native American sports...

1/26/2018

article Why SDSU's Aztec Warrior should have been history long ago
(California) -- San Diego State’s Aztec Warrior probably would have been gone years ago, but history and geography got in the way. In 2005, the NCAA issued a limited ban...

1/24/2018

article Senate bill could fine schools with insensitive mascots
(Michigan) -- In a recent North Dickinson County School visit, state representative Beau LaFave talked to their superintendent about declining enrollment and funding....

1/23/2018

article Arena incident leads to UI prof's arrest
(Illinois) -- University of Illinois Professor Jay Rosenstein was arrested Monday night for allegedly videotaping a former Chief Illiniwek in a bathroom at State Farm...
article Anti-mascot professor arrested after allegedly videotaping mascot supporter in public restroom
(Illinois) -- A University of Illinois professor who made a documentary about the negative effects of Native American imagery in sports was arrested Monday night after...
article UI prof arrested for arena incident; won't be charged
(Illinois) -- University of Illinois Professor Jay Rosenstein was arrested Monday night for allegedly videotaping a former Chief Illiniwek portrayer in a bathroom at...

1/16/2018

article Group: Racial healing requires an end to stereotypes as school mascots, history lessons
(Michigan) -- A statewide coalition is working to eliminate racism in sports and media. Directors of the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media said that...

1/12/2018

article COLUMN: Dealing with Kansas casino tribes helped my MHS mascot thinking
(Kansas) -- Soon after you crossed the boundary onto the reservation, it felt somehow different. Ramshackle homes in need of repair. Minimal to nonexistent commerce....

1/9/2018

article There Are So Many Ohio High Schools with Native American Mascots
(Ohio) -- Sunday, the Toledo Blade published an important story about the use of Native American mascots in Ohio High Schools.

1/5/2018

article Time for change? Schools wrestle with Native American nicknames
(Ohio) -- Redskin, labeled as disparaging and offensive in the dictionary, is defined as a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.

1/2/2018

article Fans vote Blackhawks’ uniforms to be NHL’s greatest
(Illinois) -- The Blackhawks are champs again. Or at least their uniforms are. The Hawks’ home and road sweaters were voted the Greatest NHL Uniform by fans in...

12/23/2017

article Indian Country News: A name is not harmless
(Colorado) -- There are few bolder examples in American culture of the consensual marginalization of Indigenous peoples than the NFL team that represents our nation...

12/20/2017

article Manhattan High School will soon be getting a new symbol to rally around
(Kansas) -- The face of Manhattan High School is changing. The Manhattan-Ogden School Board voted Wednesday to change the mascot from an Indian to a Wolf.
article Mosinee School Board strikes down student effort to change Indians mascot
(Wisconsin) -- Efforts to change the Indians mascot and nickname for the Mosinee School District have hit an obstacle. The Mosinee School Board on Tuesday struck down a...

12/17/2017

article Native American activists want Redskins name changed to Redhawks
(Maryland) -- Native American activists have reignited the debate over changing the Washington Redskins football team name. On Sunday, they rallied outside the FedEx...

12/15/2017

article The Washington Redhawks Hoax Is Actually A Well-Executed Concept Design
(Washington) -- Earlier this week, if you happened to be browsing the internet for NFL news, you would have come across a number of news reports about the Washington...

12/14/2017

article These Activists Changed The Washington 'Redskins' To 'Redhawks'
(Indian Country) -- The internet was buzzing with big "news" on Wednesday. After years of controversy and criticism, the Washington Redskins were reportedly...

12/7/2017

article Indigenous activist heads back to court in fight against Cleveland Indians logo
(Ontario) -- An Indigenous activist’s case against a Major League Baseball team and its league will be before the Ontario Divisional Court next week as the league...

11/27/2017

article American Indian group wants to raise awareness with Chiefs fans
(Missouri) -- The Chiefs’ only home game in November, American Indian Heritage Month, has become a chance for a Native American group to communicate a message to...

11/25/2017

article South Dakota art counters Native American stereotypes
(South Dakota) -- New public art in a western South Dakota city is being celebrated as a counter to Native American stereotypes. The Rapid City Journal reports that...

11/20/2017

article Opinion: Edmonton Eskimos is a racial slur and it’s time to stop using it
(Canada) -- The Edmonton Eskimos had a big football game Sunday and thousands of people in my hometown who hoped their team would make it to the Grey Cup were ultimately...

11/17/2017

article Controversial NYC Statues Should Be Left Alone, Commission Told
(New York) -- The future of controversial city statues went under public scrutiny Friday – with the majority of speakers saying they should be left alone. Several...

11/16/2017

article Students attempt to annihilate Aztec mascot
(California) -- A task force at San Diego State University (SDSU) led by the Native American Student Alliance (NASA) made another attempt last week to suspend the use of...

11/12/2017

article Mascot still in play at schools in Skowhegan
(Maine) -- The continuing debate over the use of Native American images and nicknames for school sports teams is not about a handful of complainers seeking their 15...
article MORON ALERT: Aztecs nickname has gotten a bum rap from the PC police
(California) -- Sez Me … I never have met an Aztec. A real, legitimate Aztec. Because there are no Aztecs anymore. Nor have I met a Trojan. Or Spartan. Or...

11/9/2017

article Native American Group Pushing to Change Keller H.S. Indians Mascot
(Texas) -- People gathered at the Keller ISD school board meeting Thursday night to demand the Keller High School mascot be changed from the Indians. But parents and...
article SDSU Passes Resolution to Retire Aztec Warrior Mascot
(California) -- The San Diego State University (SDSU) Senate passed a resolution to end the use of the Aztec Warrior mascot on Tuesday evening. The two-part resolution...
article Tulare Union slowly transitioning 'Redskins' to 'Tribe' identity
(California) -- It's been more than a year since Tulare Union High School changed its team name. For nearly a century, Tulare Union went by the Redskins. They're...

11/7/2017

article SDSU University Senate approves non-binding resolution to remove Aztec Warrior mascot
(California) -- San Diego State’s University Senate approved a resolution on Tuesday to remove the Aztec Warrior mascot and review the Aztecs nickname.
article University Senate passes resolution to retire use of human Aztec Warrior mascot
(California) -- The University Senate passed a resolution to retire the Aztec Warrior mascot and to form a task force to investigate the appropriateness of the continued...
article EDITORIAL: The only right answer in mascot debate is to stop using Native American logos and names
(Maine) -- Kudos to the Wells Ogunquit Community School District for quickly convening a group to reconsider the district high school’s warrior mascot and Indian...
article Our View: Caricatures of tribes wield tremendous power to hurt
(Maine) -- We don’t think whoever gave the green light to the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Hunt for the Indian” business promotion meant...

11/4/2017

article Maine school moves forward with review of Native American logo
(Maine) -- A Maine high school that came under fire for its "Warriors" nickname and logo featuring a Native American in a feathered headdress has formed an...

11/3/2017

article Tribal organizations take on Washington NFL team with social media campaign
(Washington D.C.) -- An organization representing more than 50 Northwest tribes has launched a social media campaign meant to shame the Washington NFL team into giving...

10/30/2017

article MORON ALERT: Native American Guardian Association advocates for Chief Illiniwek
(Illinois) -- Saturday’s football game against Wisconsin was preceded by a Native American dance performance to show solidarity with the use of Chief Illiniwek...
article Student gov boycotts homecoming to protest 'cultural appropriation'
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois Student Government boycotted this weekend’s homecoming parade to protest the inclusion of the Chief Illiniwek mascot and...

10/28/2017

article Here is footage from the protest against the “Chief” at the Homecoming parade
(Illinois) -- Earlier this week, it was announced that the "Chief" would be appearing at the Homecoming Parade tonight, despite the University of Illinois...
article Students protest Native American mascot at homecoming parade
(Illinois) -- Like every year, there's a lot of school spirit during homecoming. But this year, several students in Champaign, Illinois gathered to boycott the...

10/24/2017

article Maine Compass: Incident at Wells football game reveals institutionalized racism
(Maine) -- On Oct. 13 in Wells, a mother watched her son take the field as a quarterback for his high school football team. She probably felt proud of him, nervous for...

10/23/2017

article Wells superintendent defends district after claims of racism at football game
(Maine) -- A Lisbon woman has asked for a public apology from the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District for what she said was racist behavior at a recent Wells High...

10/20/2017

article Board to review Wells mascot and logo in response to complaints that Native Americans were mocked
(Maine) -- School officials may consider changing Wells High’s nickname and logo in the wake of complaints that Native Americans were mocked at a football game.
article School to review Native American logo after racism complaint
(Maine) -- A Maine high school will review its “Warriors” nickname and a logo featuring a Native American in a feathered headdress after a complaint of...
article Miami University unveils new logo honoring its connection with the Miami Tribe in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The “Miami” in Miami University’s name is a mystery to too many students, say school officials. But the rich, historical connections to...

10/18/2017

article Wells reacts to mascot accusations
(Maine) -- As Wells superintendent of schools investigates a woman's claim students acted racially insensitive towards Native Americans, people living in town are...

10/14/2017

article Indians fan starts GoFundMe to remove 'racist' Chief Wahoo tattoo
(Ohio) -- After a tremendous regular season, the Cleveland Indians were removed from the playoffs early. Now, one of their fans is trying to remove a Chief Wahoo tattoo...

10/1/2017

article Marcola unveils new mascot design
(Oregon) -- The Marcola School District was home to the Mohawk Indians for nearly a century before the school board voted to do away with its longtime controversial...

9/10/2017

article Chicago Blackhawks’ Logo Ranked Last In Writer’s Twitter Post
(Illinois) -- An NHL writer for The Athletic had a little fun ranking the league’s team logos earlier this week, but Chicago Blackhawks fans won’t be pleased...

9/9/2017

article Petition To Change Council Rock North's Mascot Gains Steam
(Pennsylvania) -- An online petition to change Council Rock North's mascot from an Indian is gaining steam. As of Friday afternoon, 565 people have signed the Change.org...

9/5/2017

article Maryland high school bans Native American headdress worn to sports events after complaints that is 'disrespectful'
(Maryland) -- A Maryland high school has banned a headdress worn during athletic events following complaints about it being offensive to Native Americans. Students vote...
article Controversial mascot up for discussion in BOE meeting
(Kansas) -- USD 383 Board of Education will be holding a meeting Wednesday concerning the Manhattan High School Committee recommendations.

9/3/2017

article Young player refuses to wear Blackhawks-like logo, sparks controversy
(Calgary) -- The Chicago Blackhawks’ logo is one of the most iconic in hockey, as an Original Six team. It’s also a point of increasing controversy, as...

9/1/2017

article Dueling petitions over Native American headdress spark controversy at Linganore
(Ohio) -- A headdress worn by the leader of the student section during athletic events at Linganore High School has been banned. Linganore Principal Nancy Doll confirmed...
article Headdress causes controversy at a Frederick County high school
(Maryland) -- A decades old tradition at a Frederick County High School has come to an end after some people complained students were being insensitive to Native...

8/31/2017

article Chief Wahoo protester charged with theft of grant money to help Native Americans
(Ohio) -- A man who has held protests saying the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo mascot is racist faces federal charges over allegations he stole money from federal...
article Maryland school prohibits students from wearing 'racially demeaning' Redskins apparel
(Maryland) -- A Maryland school is barring students from wearing Washington Redskins gear on campus, calling the team name "insulting and offensive" and the...

8/30/2017

article Olson: Change University of Illinois' nickname now
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois needs a new nickname for its athletic teams. Actually, it needs a new nickname decades ago. I’ve never made a secret of...
article U of I discontinues War Chant
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois Athletic Department confirms it has retired the war chant. Thursday night when students started the chant at a soccer game they...

8/29/2017

article UI chancellor: Dropping 'war chant' was my call
(Illinois) -- Following a decision to drop the "war chant" from Illini athletic events, Chancellor Robert Jones reiterated Monday that the campus has no plans...

8/28/2017

article Confusion follows retiring of ‘War Chant’
(Illinois) -- While neither student government members nor Illini Pride officials were included in the discussions, the University has retired the “Fighting Illini...
article Illinois Athletics Director: I Love Our War Chant, But We're Getting Rid Of It For Some Reason
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois announced today that they would stop their traditional practice of playing “war chant” music at athletic events, a...

8/26/2017

article 'War chant' decision in works for more than a year
(Illinois) -- The “war chant” music, a fixture at Illini games that also drew criticism for stereotyping Native Americans, will no longer be played during...
article COLUMN: Rip off the Band-Aid. Illinois must finally remove all links to Chief Illiniwek
(Illinois) -- Illinois has chipped away at its history of using Native American imagery at sporting events. In 2007, at the insistence of the NCAA, the school banned the...
article Illini end 'war chant' song at sporting events
(Illinois) -- Native American groups applauded the University of Illinois' decision to no longer allow a "war chant" to be played during sporting events,...

8/25/2017

article University bans 'war chant' at games years after retiring Chief Illiniwek mascot
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois has eliminated a "war chant" song at athletic games, according to news reports. The school's Chief Illiniwek...

8/22/2017

article Shirts featuring offensive term for Indigenous women pulled from Simons in Calgary after complaints
(Calgary) -- Denim shirts embroidered with an offensive word referring to Indigenous women were pulled Monday from the Calgary store of fashion retailer Simons following...

8/21/2017

article Ripon High School’s Indian mascot makes mockery of Native Americans
(California) -- As a Native woman and Social Worker, part of my job includes visiting schools to check in with students.

8/8/2017

article Turners Indian advocate suggests keeping logo with modifications
(Massachusetts) -- At Tuesday night’s Gill-Montague School Committee meeting, Chris Pinardi unveiled a plan to involve Native American tribes and groups in a...

8/3/2017

article OP/ED: Racism, ignorance fuel resistance to drop Indian chief logo
(California) -- I can’t believe we’re still talking about this. Our Winters High School Warrior mascot — an Indian chief in full headdress — is...

7/26/2017

article California Native: Dahkota Brown On Passing Law Banning Racial Mascots
(California) -- In this segment of California Native we meet Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown, a Native American activist and Wilton Miwok youth leader. As a high-school...

7/24/2017

article Twenty Years of Fighting Native American Mascots with “In Whose Honor?”
(Illinois) -- wenty years ago, on July 15, 1997, at precisely 8PM Central time, I took my dog out for a walk. I don’t remember that exact detail because of a legal...

7/13/2017

article Among Mass. Natives, Mascot Issue Reveals A Mix Of Pride And Pain
(Massachusetts) -- At the annual powwow of the Wollomonuppoag Inter-Tribal Council in Attleboro, dozens of native people and their guests take time to dance, buy and...

7/12/2017

article Schuette: Schools can’t be fined for Indian logos
(Michigan) -- The state superintendent of schools doesn’t have the authority to withhold state funding from school districts that use Native American mascots or...

7/10/2017

article School boss can’t fine districts for Indian mascot names
(Michigan) -- Although Brian Whiston, state superintendent of public instruction, has a broad range of powers, they don’t stretch far enough to withhold state...

6/28/2017

article Meet the man behind fight to keep Indians logo out of Canada
(Canada) -- The Canadian History Hall will open on Canada Day in the Canadian Museum of History, where the fingerprints of Douglas Cardinal are everywhere. He is the...

6/24/2017

article The Slants win Supreme Court case over disparaging trademarks
(Washington D.C.) -- After being embroiled in a legal battle for almost eight years, Asian-American rock outfit The Slants have emerged victorious, with the US Supreme...
article MI senator aims to ban use of Redskins mascot
(Michigan) -- It’s become a seemingly endless debate: should schools in West Michigan get rid of the Redskins mascot? Belding’s school board voted to drop it...
article OP/ED: Whether or not to err on the side of caution
(Massachusetts) -- By now you’ve probably heard about the bill being debated in the Massachusetts legislature that is proposing a ban on using Native American...

6/23/2017

article Councilor opposes bill banning Native American mascots
(Massachusetts) -- A Quincy city councilor is pushing back against state legislation that would prohibit the use of Native American mascots in public schools.
article State says North Douglas School District is not in compliance with Native American mascot reporting
(Oregon) -- With a July 1 deadline looming, North Douglas School District is among three in Oregon at risk of losing state funds for not complying with state Native...

6/21/2017

article Editorial: Recognize harm of Native American mascots
(Massachusetts) -- It is indeed a very sad moment when Amalia Fourhawks has to school our Legislature and those in our populous who remain unmoved by the mistreatment of...

6/18/2017

article Catholic university picks new nickname, dropping ‘Crusaders’
(Pennsylvania) -- A Roman Catholic university in Pennsylvania has dropped the Crusaders for the Golden Wolves. Alvernia University in Reading announced the name change...
article OP/ED: Letter: Opposes bill to ban Native American mascots
(Massachusetts) -- I write to express my opposition to the state Legislature’s Bill S. 291. I grew up in Connecticut near the Quinebaug River on a 180-acre farm...

6/13/2017

article Saugus School Committee united in opposition to bill that would prohibit Native American mascots/logos in schools
(Massachusetts) -- Wearing matching red T-shirts with the message “Great Day to be a Sachem,” School Committee members presented a unified front in...

6/11/2017

article Involves Tewksbury’s Redmen: Mascot bill heard at State House this week
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing whether to ban the use of Native American mas­cots in public schools — a proposal that drew strong...
article ‘Playing Indian’: Nipmucs offer views on proposed anti-mascot bill
(Massachusetts) -- Walter A. Vickers, also called Natachaman, former chief of the Hassanamisco Nipmucs of Grafton, used to root for the old Boston Braves, whose baseball...

6/10/2017

article Involves Tewksbury’s Redmen: Mascot bill heard at State House this week
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing whether to ban the use of Native American mas­cots in public schools — a proposal that drew strong...
article Little support, long odds seen for anti-mascot bill
(Massachusetts) -- Debate over a ban on Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools is playing out in a commonwealth with an Indian name, with an Indian on...

6/9/2017

article Massachusetts lawmakers debate bill that would ban Native American mascots in schools
(Massachusetts) -- During a public hearing on Tuesday, Massachusetts lawmakers debated a bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools. The...
article Rosenberg opposes statewide ban on Native American school mascots
(Massachusetts) -- Senate President Stanley Rosenberg this week staked out a position against a statewide ban against Native American mascots as school mascots, saying...

6/7/2017

article Rosenberg says he is against state mascot ban
(Massachusetts) -- Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Tuesday staked out a position against a statewide ban on Native American mascots, saying the issue should be...

6/6/2017

article Bill banning use of Native American mascots in public schools subject of Beacon Hill hearing
(Massachusetts) -- A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools in Massachusetts is heading to a hearing before the Legislature’s...
article Rosenberg Opposes Statewide Ban On Native American Mascots
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he opposes a ban on Native American mascots in public schools. A bill proposed in the legislature...
article State rep calls Native American mascots bill pending in Massachusetts Legislature 'political correctness run amok'
(Massachusetts) -- Around 40 Massachusetts schools use Native American imagery and themes for their mascots and logos, according to a parent seeking to ban the practice.

6/5/2017

article Bill banning Native American mascot names at public schools to be discussed
(Massachusetts) -- The proposed bill banning the use of Native American mascots in public schools will be heard during a hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse. The bill,...

6/3/2017

article Massachusetts bill would ban Native American school mascots
(Massachusetts) -- A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools in Massachusetts is heading to a public hearing.
article State legislature to discuss Native American mascots ban
(Massachusetts) -- The state legislature is about to tackle the sensitive issue of banning Native American mascots at Massachusetts public schools. The bill defines a...
article Residents react to Native American mascot debate
(Massachusetts) -- It’s been an on-going debate across the country – whether sports teams should use Native American mascots. Lawmakers will have the final...

5/23/2017

article Stand against offensive team name in Kalamazoo
(Michigan) -- Kalamazoo Schools may be the first in the state to leave out the name of an offensive team mascot when making field announcements over the P.A. system at a...
article Couple calls on Ontario government to ban Indigenous logos, mascots in schools
(Ontario) -- Lynne Courchene remembers the time she and her family were in an Ottawa-area toy store when members of the Copper Cliff minor hockey team walked in. "...

5/22/2017

article 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' continues its takedown of the Washington Redskins name
(Washington) -- Last year, the second season of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" ended with a very specific cliffhanger: a plan to...
article Native American professor calls out student for Chicago Blackhawks sweatshirt
(Minnesota) -- Instructor Jacobs, a Native American, and adjunct professor Tricia Fenrick were having their students watch the movie "Dakota 38," which tells...

5/21/2017

article OP/ED: Baker: Native American warriors, my people are not your mascot
(Michigan) -- My northern Michigan high school still has the image of a Native American warrior as their school mascot. I am a young Native American woman, member of the...

5/16/2017

article Student apologizes for Blackhawks sweatshirt in class
(Illinois) -- On April 25, student Cody Albrecht issued a public apology for wearing a Blackhawks sweatshirt a week prior in class Social Perspectives, Human Worth and...

5/15/2017

article Montague residents considering question to save “Indians” nickname
(Massachusetts) -- Many Montague residents were upset when The Gill Montague Regional School Committee removed the Turners Falls High School Indians mascot. They...

5/10/2017

article Fate of Napa High Indian debated at school board hearing
(California) -- The fate of the Napa High School Indian continued its emotional course Tuesday night as the school board held its second special meeting so people could...

5/9/2017

article Erving residents vote to keep, but alter “Indians” logo
(Massachusetts) -- The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee decided in February to remove the Indians mascot for Turners Falls High School. But Montague residents can...

4/19/2017

article SDSU student council rejects resolution to retire Aztecs mascot
(California) -- In a four-hour meeting Wednesday night, the SDSU Associated Students Council rejected a resolution to retire the Aztec mascot and the school's Aztecs...
article The San Diego State Aztecs mascot debate is over — for now
(California) -- It’s official: You don’t need to change your SDSU Aztecs tattoos. Student representatives at San Diego State University narrowly voted...

4/18/2017

article Vote to be held Wednesday to get rid of Aztec mascot
(California) -- Students at San Diego State are making a new push to get the university to retire its Aztec mascot. They say it's a "racialized stereotype of...

4/17/2017

article Native American Students Push San Diego State to Retire Controversial Aztec Mascot
(California) -- In 2001, San Diego State University dropped Monty Montezuma – a culturally insensitive cartoon figure that served as the school’s mascot...
article Tribe Working To Make Sure Money Isn't Obstacle In School Mascot Debate
(Michigan) -- Many schools in Michigan have grappled with whether they should dump Native American mascots and nicknames. Plenty of things can stand in the way: history...

4/7/2017

article Debate rages at Napa High as school is poised to retire 'Indian' mascot
(California) -- An emotional meeting in Napa Thursday night, debated the future of a school mascot, more than one hundred years old. Napa High School is poised to retire...

4/6/2017

article State superintendent aims to fine districts which maintain Native American mascots, logos
(Michigan) -- Oh, where the Braves are massed together we’ll ever sing this melody: red, white – fight, fight! The lyrics of the Tawas Area Schools (TAS)...

3/28/2017

article Group to mull mascot change
(Kansas) -- A Manhattan High School mascot committee will have a fifth item to consider when it begins meeting: whether the school board should remove the Indian mascot.

3/23/2017

article Downriver high school teams with offensive Native American logos could face penalty
(Michigan) -- Local teams that refuse to remove Native American mascots and logos could soon face a penalty, but the key word is “offensive.”

3/22/2017

article Community Voices: Native American students challenge use of harmful mascots in film ‘You’re Honoring Who?’
(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...

3/20/2017

article Paw Paw keeps racist mascot, state ups ante
(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.

3/17/2017

article District considering next moves after tribe rescinds permission for use of Indian mascot, but no timetable in place
(Oklahoma) -- Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson on Thursday said there are “groups” in the district talking about how to proceed in...

3/16/2017

article Native American Mascots Could Bring Financial Penalties
(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...

3/10/2017

article NOBEL: Should the state adopt legislation banning the use of Native American symbols for mascots?
(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...

3/5/2017

article School Committee Stands by Foxborough Warrior Name, Logo
(Massachusetts) -- Despite the filing of a bill in the state Senate that would outlaw the use of Native American names and logos for schools, officials in Foxborough say...

3/4/2017

article OP/ED: Don't reduce a people to a mascot
(California) -- The time has surely come to stop using a beleaguered race for sporting mascots. After all, Native Americans –“Indians” as we often call...
article OP/ED: Dear Gov. Hamilton, How Can You Publicly Endorse Indian Mascot?
(Oklahoma) -- My name is Alison Black and I am a tribal member living in Northern Oklahoma. My mother is the late Freda Ann Roman Nose (Primeaux), a full blood Cheyenne...

3/1/2017

article Bill proposed to ban Mass. high schools from using Native American mascots
(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
(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
(California) -- Napa High School announced Wednesday morning that it may drop its Indian mascot name after a school district committee recommended it be changed....

2/28/2017

article After LHS student raises concerns, tribal chief wants to rescind Shawnee Mission North’s use of Indian mascot
(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...

2/27/2017

article San Diego State U. Native American group wants school’s ‘Aztec’ mascot eliminated
(California) -- The Native American Student Alliance at San Diego State University held an event on February 15 to “discuss” ditching the college’s...

2/22/2017

article Bill Aims To Ban High Schools' Native American Team Names, Logos, Mascots
(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 MORON ALERT: Nick in the AM: Chief Illiniwek recalls the 'Last Dance'
(Illinois) -- It's been 10 years since Chief Illiniwek performed for the final official time at the University of Illinois. As far as the final official portrayer of...

2/15/2017

article After Months Of Debate Over ‘Indians,’ New Mascot Coming To Turners Falls
(Massachusetts) -- Turners Falls High school will be getting a new mascot, now that the Gill-Montague School Committee — following months of contentiousness...

2/14/2017

article Native American tribes give blessing for El Reno High School’s mascot
(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
(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...

2/13/2017

article Mohawk High School in Marcola drops Indians as mascot name
(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 'Indian Head' at Luna Stage takes on offensive mascots, with mixed success
(New Jersey) -- Nikkole Salter's world-premiere "Indian Head," commissioned by West Orange's Luna Stage Company, is a play with an important message...

2/11/2017

article Nikkole Salter's 'Indian Head' Premieres Play at Luna Stage
(New Jersey) -- Bloomfield playwright Nikkole Salter’s “Indian Head” – which focuses on the misuse of the word Indian and Native American images...
article Letters to the editor: Conrad mascot change unfair
(Delaware) -- I am a 1956 graduate of Conrad High School. Since it has been noted that the school has had to change its Redskins mascot, does that mean that Washington...
article Mohawk High School to drop Indian mascot
(Oregon) -- The Marcola School District will be looking for a new mascot to represent its high school and officially do away with its longtime controversial mascot, the...

1/25/2017

article Bill filed in state Senate would ban use of Native American mascots
(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
(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
(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...

1/21/2017

article NAPABA disagrees with band in trademark case
(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
(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...

1/20/2017

article GTA school boards to review Indigenous team names, mascots and logos
(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...

1/15/2017

article Supreme Court to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks
(New York) -- The Slants aren’t exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has certainly made its mark in the legal world. The...

1/4/2017

article Money being made available for schools looking to change mascots
(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...

1/3/2017

article Casino revenue to fund mascot changes, infrastructure
(Michigan) -- Revenue from FireKeepers Casino Hotel will be used for projects related to promoting Native American history, including doing away with potentially...
article New state-tribe agreement may help schools nix Native American mascots
(Michigan) -- Schools with Native American mascots could get resources to change those under a new agreement between the state and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the...

12/23/2016

article Here’s why Native American mascots are inappropriate
(Washington) -- The question today is “Should the use of Native American mascots be banned?” Yes, it should be banned. Some believe that it shouldn’t...

12/22/2016

article A Town Called Whiteland Fights For Its Native American School Mascot
(Indiana) -- It's just perfect that a town called Whiteland is losing its mind over the possibility of its local school kiboshing a Native American mascot. Actually...

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