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LISTEN: 'We Learn Together' Tribal Educator On Why It's Time To End Native American Mascots

The racial injustice reckoning the nation is experiencing in the wake of the death of George Floyd has only amplified calls for sports teams to get rid of Native American nicknames. That's a movement that was already underway in Connecticut. To explore this issue, Connecticut Public Radio's All Things Considered host, John Henry Smith, spoke with Chris Newell, the director of education at the Akomawt Educational Initiative and a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

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Mascot Issue

8/10/2020

article Roseburg Public Schools prioritizing its reopening plan, not changing mascot or school names
(Oklahoma) -- Roseburg Public Schools’ priority is making sure school amid the COVID-19 pandemic starts as smoothly as possible this fall while still keeping equity and...
article Savannah, Missouri, divided by move to change its 'Savages' mascot
(Missouri) -- A northwest Missouri town is divided over an effort to change its high school's “Savages” mascot that depicts a Native American amid a...
article Nearly 80 Ohio School Districts Use Native American Names and Mascots, 13 Consider Changing
(Ohio) -- A Columbus Dispatch report published this weekend polled the athletic programs of 79 Ohio school districts that use Native American team names and mascots...
article Online forum explores Indian mascot issue with Native American and non-Native speakers
(New York) -- With several school districts around New York state exploring retirement of mascots associated with Native Americans, the USA TODAY Network will host an...

8/9/2020

article Community members push for a renaming of the Roseburg High's mascot
(Oregon) -- Some in the Roseburg community are demanding the high school to change the name of its mascot. In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement, professional...
article Missouri town divided by move to change its ‘Savages’ mascot
(Missouri) -- A nearly all-white northwest Missouri town is divided over an effort to change its high school’s “Savages” mascot that depicts a Native...
article Native mascots still a sticking point in high school athletics
(Utah) -- At a mostly white high school near Salt Lake City, the steps leading to the football field are covered in red handprints, arrows and drawings of Native...
article Native mascots still a sticking point in high school sports
(Utah) -- At a mostly white high school near Salt Lake City, the steps leading to the football field are covered in red handprints, arrows and drawings of Native...
article Ohio high schools re-evaluate Native American nicknames
(Ohio) -- The Dispatch reached out to 79 school districts around Ohio that have Native American-related nicknames, mascots or logos to see if they are considering...
article Chestnut Hill church asks Philadelphia Cricket Club to retire its ‘offensive’ Native American logo
(Pennsylvania) -- A Chestnut Hill church has asked the neighboring Philadelphia Cricket Club to get rid of its feathered American Indian head logo because it projects...

8/8/2020

article Another Native American mascot controversy washed away by the wave of progress
(Chicago) -- After Alvin Elton died of the coronavirus in March at age 56, his widow, Gretchen Meyer, found a measure of comfort from former high school classmates on...

8/7/2020

article Second Protest Planned Against Roseburg High 'Indians"
(Oregon) -- A protest is planned at Roseburg High School this Sunday against its team name, the “Indians”. The event challenges an agreement between the...

8/6/2020

article Glendale Union board votes to eliminate Thunderbird High's nickname, logo
(Arizona) -- The Glendale Union High School District's governing board on Wednesday night voted 5-0 to do away with Thunderbird High's Chiefs nickname and logo....
article Calls continue to grow for Radnor schools to drop Raider nickname and Native American imagery
(Pennsylvania) -- In early 2013, Radnor school officials dropped the use of a longtime Native American mascot but kept the Raider nickname. Seven years later, calls are...
article Exeter Chiefs' 'Tomahawk Chop' chant set to be axed from BT Sport's fake fan noise
(UK) -- BT Sport will axe Exeter Chiefs’ ‘Tomahawk Chop’ chant from their fake fan-noise at Premiership rugby matches amid controversy around the club...

8/5/2020

article Lane Tech Votes To Nix ‘Indian’ Mascot
(Illinois) -- After more than 100 years and amid growing pressure from community members, Lane Tech College Prep is taking its first steps to oust its controversial...

8/4/2020

article Indigenous leaders call for Wisconsin schools to retire Native American mascots, logos
(Wisconsin) -- The retiring of the Washington NFL team name last month has renewed calls for school sports teams in Wisconsin to do the same and drop all mascots, logos...
article Penn Hills considering getting rid of Indians nickname
(Pennsylvania) -- Penn Hills might become the second Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League school district to drop its Indians nickname. The school...
article Wappinger descendant defends Ketcham's use of Indians mascot
(New York) -- Less than a week after a Native American tribe called Roy C. Ketcham High School’s use of the "Indians" mascot “problematic,” a...
article Cincinnati Country Day School retires Indian mascot, 'effective immediately'
(Ohio) -- The Country Day Board of Trustees voted to change the use of the Indian mascot at Cincinnati Country Day Schools Monday evening, officials said. Cincinnati...

8/3/2020

article Explained: How North American sports teams have historically misappropriated Native American culture
(USA) -- Over a week ago, the Washington Redskins dropped the team’s name following decades of criticism that it was offensive towards Native Americans. The...

8/2/2020

article Chattanooga area has nine Native American-themed high school mascots; are they offensive?
(Tennessee) -- As the nation undergoes a reckoning on racial and cultural issues, it's not just Confederate monuments and Rebel school mascots that are coming under...
article Lane Tech High School Could Change Native American Mascot
(Chicago) -- As the sensitivty of Native American themes have recently been questioned, Chicago’s Lane Tech High School is soon expected to vote on the future of...
article Lantz: It's time to talk about mascots
(Iowa) -- The time for change often comes before we are ready. Eventually, we have to take action. If you are a sports fan, you have most likely heard about the...
article Too offensive to stay? Tiny Missouri town splits over school’s ‘Savage’ mascot
(Missouri) -- An hour’s drive north of Kansas City, a 152-foot water tower displays the sharp profile of an American Indian, two feathers dangling behind his high...

7/31/2020

article Culture change: How have Calaveras and Ripon high schools handled ties to Native American culture?
(California) -- A clock depicting a Native American figure wearing a traditional feathered headdress is perched on top of the scoreboard at the Calaveras High School...
article MP Ben Bradshaw blasts Exeter Chiefs' decision to keep Native American logo and branding
(UK) -- Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has described Exeter Chiefs' decision to retire the Big Chief mascot but not drop their Native American branding as 'extraordinary'.

7/30/2020

article Exeter Chiefs: MP Ben Bradshaw hits out at club’s ‘extraordinary’ decision to keep name and logo
(UK) -- Exeter Chiefs‘ “extraordinary” decision not to drop their Native American branding shows the board are “in denial”, says the club...

7/29/2020

article The Retired University Of Illinois Mascot Still Lingers On Campus
(Illinois) -- Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert remembers watching a man dressed up in Native American regalia dance across a football field as “surreal” and...

7/28/2020

article 'Warriors' mascot prompts competing petitions at Susquehannock High
(Pennsylvania) -- A controversy about whether a depiction of a Native American should remain Susquehannock High School's mascot has sparked petitions on both sides...
article New Mexico graduate fighting to keep Native American caricature logo
(New Mexico) -- A graduate of a southwestern New Mexico high school is fighting the state’s lieutenant governor over his call to remove a baseball stadium’s...

7/27/2020

article Cherokee Phoenix poll suggests some nicknames more offensive than others
(Oklahoma) -- With the Washington, D.C., NFL franchise planning to play as the “Washington Football Team” during the 2020 season, Native American mascots and...
article Exeter Chiefs to hold board meeting to discuss ditching their Native American badge
(UK) -- EXETER CHIEFS will hold a crunch board meeting on Wednesday to discuss ditching their Native American badge and mascot. Premiership title-chasing Chiefs were...

7/26/2020

article MORON ALERT: Honor American Indians by keeping the Indians team name and forging a true partnership
(New Jersey) -- I’m a third-generation Clevelander, a fervent Cleveland baseball fan for more than 70 years, as was my father before me. And for nearly two decades...
article Connecticut high schools shouldn’t delay in getting rid of offensive nicknames
(Connecticut) -- The National Football League team formerly known as the Redskins now, at long last, has a new name. The team’s interim name — “...
article Issues have come up in the past, but the Algonquin Tomahawks name still lives on
(Massachusetts) -- Last month, a petition on Change.org created by the group “Students for Justice” emerged asking the Northborough-Southborough Regional...
article Keeler: If Washington can bury the Redskins name, why is Lamar still standing by its Savages?
(Colorado) -- She glared as if he’d broken wind in a church pew, somewhere between Give us this day and our daily bread. Blake Mundell’s wake-up call crept...
article Superintendent: 'Overwhelming majority' support Conemaugh Township keeping 'Indians' name, mascot
(Pennsylvania) -- Conemaugh Township School District has been the “Indians” since inception, but recent national conversations about Native American-based...

7/25/2020

article EDITORIAL: All American Indian team names should be dropped
(Indiana) -- The NFL Washington Redskins’ offensive nickname lasted 87 years, through a move from Boston to Washington, three owners, multiple lawsuits, trademark...
article Mascot debate: Use of Native American mascots in Colorado, schools facilitating discussion
(Colorado) -- In 2015 then-governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order that created the commission to study American Indian representations in public schools in...
article New School District In Hudson Valley Eyes Dropping Indians Nickname
(New York) -- Another Hudson Valley school is weighing whether or not to change its mascot away from one with Native American representation amid civil unrest across the...

7/24/2020

article People Aren't Mascots: Why Using Native American Images Cause More Harm Than Pride
(USA) -- A national conversation on racial equality and anti-racism has renewed media attention and interest in an overwhelming amount of racial issues. One that seems...
article Why Central Michigan 'Chippewas' nickname is OK with local tribe, NCAA
(Michigan) -- Central Michigan president Bob Davies has seen the ugly. As the vice president for university relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2006-09...
article Superintendent: 'Overwhelming majority' support Conemaugh Township keeping 'Indians' name, mascot
(Pennsylvania) -- Conemaugh Township School District has been the “Indians” since inception, but recent national conversations about Native American-based names and...
article Q&A with Nick Offerman: Embracing ignorance and taking pride in working with wood
(Washington D.C.) -- Like so many, national arts reporter Geoff Edgers has been grounded by the novel coronavirus. So he decided to launch an Instagram Live show from...

7/23/2020

article WATCH: 'Imagining the Indian' Tells the History of the Movement Against Mascots
(Washington D.C.) -- The battle to remove Native American names and imagery from mascots and logos has been a longstanding fight and the Ciesla Foundation is producing a...

7/22/2020

article 'Emotional and happy': Some Inuit reflect on Edmonton CFL team's name change
(North Canada) -- Some Inuit say they were in tears, while others say they'll "believe it when [they] see it," after Edmonton Football Club's decision...
article Neepawa hockey team changing name in response to calls to scrap offensive monikers
(Manitoba) -- The Neepawa junior men's hockey team is changing its name. The board of directors for the team in Manitoba's junior hockey league made the decision...

7/21/2020

article Edmonton CFL team will officially change its name
(Edmonton) -- Edmonton's professional football team is changing its name. "The Edmonton Eskimo Football Club board of directors has made the decision to...
article Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater at center of mascot controversy after online petition circulates
(Oklahoma) -- Eskimo Joe’s has been in Stillwater since 1975 and has been featured worldwide as a top college bar. The Oklahoma staple is now at the center of a...
article Graduate wants high school’s Native American mascot removed
(North Carolina) -- South Point High School in Belmont is under fire for the name of its mascot. Many say Red Raiders is an offensive name and there are calls to have it...
article Michigan man who created Indian mural at Saugatuck school gym in 1975: I'll cover it
(Michigan) -- The man who painted a mural of an American Indian at a school gym in 1975 said he's willing to cover it up if the western Michigan district drops the...
article Squaw Valley Ski Resort Discussing Name Change With Indigenous Leaders
(Nevada) -- In the weeks since the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, there’s been a broad reckoning with various kinds of racism in the U...
article Wappingers district willing to drop Ketcham's 'Indian' mascot, seeks Native American input
(New York) -- After a Native American organization weighed in and the school board expressed a willingness to acquiesce, it now appears change is imminent for the Roy C...
article CFL's Edmonton Eskimos will search for new name
(British Columbia) -- he Edmonton Eskimos will change their name. The CFL squad made the move Tuesday, following a similar decision by the NFL's Washington team as...

7/20/2020

article Native American group hosting discussion about Indianapolis minor league baseball team name
(Indiana) -- A Native American group will host two discussions this week related to the Indianapolis Triple-A baseball team’s name, which they deem offensive....
article Native American group: Indianapolis Indians' name offensive
(Indiana) -- A Native American group that considers the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians’ name offensive is hosting two discussions this week related to the team...
article Native American leaders urge Saugatuck schools to drop Indians nickname
(New York) -- More than a decade ago, Jon Fox urged the Saugatuck school board to take down the Native American image he was commissioned to paint in the high school in...
article Neshaminy officials say nickname change would be community decision
(Pennsylvania) -- The school district put out a news release spelling out how any decision to change or not change Neshaminy High School’s controversial sports...

7/19/2020

article Are all Native American nicknames racist? We asked Michigan high schools that use them
(Michigan) -- Aaron Payment is tired of talking about scalps. About nicknames, mascots and logos. About the exploitation of Native American history. For 40 years...
article Native American alum speaks out on PN-G mascot controversy
(California) -- A Native American graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School said he was urged by his peers on several occasions to try out for the “Indian Spirit...
article New Mexico's Lt. Gov. wants stadium's 'Chief Wahoo' dropped
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s lieutenant governor has called on the high school baseball team he once coached to remove its stadium's logo of a Native American...
article Azzi: Red Raiders and Warriors: The persistence of white supremacy
(New Hampshire) -- When I moved with my family to Exeter, a move that brought me back to New Hampshire after years of living abroad, we bought a house with a fine...
article I am Native American and a former football player. Our history is much darker than racist mascots.
(New Zealand) -- I come from Chatsiks-si-Chatsiks and Chahta communities in Oklahoma. I also was a safety for the Pomona-Pitzer college football team in California. This...
article Legislative bill would ban Native American mascots in Massachusetts public high schools
(Massachusetts) -- As discussion on Native American mascots and imagery heats up at the professional sports level, where Washington’s professional football team...

7/18/2020

article Does Bellefonte’s ‘Red Raider’ honor tradition or show disrespect? Call for change sparks debate
(Maine) -- A member of the Passamaquoddy and Mi’kmaq tribes, Rachel Moon is a Native American. But, she told Bellefonte Area school board members last week, she is...
press release Tribe: Braves, Warriors, Savages mascots should go
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe voiced support for removing Native American-based mascots or nicknames used at Sacajawea Middle School in Lewiston, Lewis-Clark State...
article Activists Demonstrate In Support Of Bills That Would Prohibit Native American Mascots, Change State Flag
(Massachusetts) -- Activists rallied outside the State House Thursday in support of three bills, including one that could lead to a new Massachusetts state flag —...
article Native American advocates call to change Massachusetts flag, seal
(Massachusetts) -- Stefanie Salguero grew up in Billerica not knowing her school’s Indian head mascot was a “wrongful representation” of her heritage....
article What’s in a name?: Calls to change Native American team names grow louder
(Massachusetts) -- It may be a simple question but when it comes to Native American themed team names, the answer becomes a lot more complicated and is not all that easy...

7/17/2020

article Pro sports teams are starting to get rid of racist names. Hundreds of U.S. high schools still have them
(USA) -- Washington has finally crumbled. After multiple lawsuits, the loss of a trademark and even calls from former President Obama, Washington’s football team...
article OP/ED: Native American's treatment in history offensive
(Washington D.C.) -- If I owned an expansion sports team or one considering a name change because it was moving, I would find out who first lived where the team was...
article Mutual of Omaha removes Native American chief from its logo
(Nebraska) -- Native American imagery has been part of Mutual of Omaha’s logo for 70 years, with the distinctive profile of an Indian chief as a familiar sight...
article Hockey Manitoba meeting hears unanimous support for eliminating controversial team names
(Manitoba) -- The leaders of the organization that oversees amateur hockey in Manitoba agree that if teams with controversial or racist names won't change them on...

7/16/2020

article American Indians see change coming
(USA) -- A football team finally discards a despised and derogatory name, and the US Supreme Court unexpectedly holds Congress to account for promises more than a...
article If You Think 'Redskins' is Bad, Wait Until You Hear About Those 'Fightin' Whites'
(Colorado) -- It all started to prove a point. It ended with more than $125,000 in scholarship money. An intramural basketball team at the University of Northern...
article Will Native American mascots soon be a thing of the past?
(USA) -- The NFL’s Washington Redskins announced it will be changing its name. The move represents a startling about-face for team owner Dan Snyder, who had...
article Charlie Baker says he’s ‘open to talking’ about historical symbols amid calls to change the Mass. flag
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday his administration is up for talking with those speaking out against historical symbols amid a push to remove and...
article Native American advocates revive push to change Massachusetts flag, seal as bill moves forward on Beacon Hill
(Massachusetts) -- As monuments and sculptures across the country come under scrutiny, Native American advocates in Massachusetts revived a push for a change of the...
article Senators will consider replacing the Massachusetts state flag and seal.
(Massachusetts) -- Legislators will look replacing the images on the flag and the seal. There are also proposed bills to prohibit ban Native American mascots, and refine...

7/15/2020

article Editorial: Ending slurs is a beginning, not an end, in conversation on Native Americans
(Illinois) -- After decades of resisting calls to change its team name, the Washington Redskins NFL franchise announced Monday it would join the ranks of organizations...
article Lane Tech To Launch Survey, Vote On ‘Indian’ Mascot: ‘It’s Important We … Get This Settled’
(Illinois) -- Lane Tech College Prep’s school council will launch a survey this week to gather feedback from students, parents, teachers and alumni about the...
article Tribe supports Palm Springs High School “Indians”
(California) -- They are called the Indians, the Palm Springs high school has been named that way for more than 80 years. However in the midst of a massive movement for...
article West Michigan school district could change ‘Indians’ team name, mascot amid racism debate
(Michigan) -- Saugatuck Public Schools is considering dropping its “Indians” team name and mascot amid the national debate over race and calls for schools...
article Canandaigua takes dedicated approach to school’s nickname
(New York) -- As the Washington Redskins make news for changing their name, administrators at CA say the use of Braves can educate and honor. The Washington Redskins of...
article For respect, Des Moines' Crazy Horse restaurant renamed days before opening
(Iowa) -- Just days before opening, Full Court Press has renamed its newest restaurant in the Drake neighborhood. Crazy Horse Beer & Burgers will now be called Lucky...
article Hockey Manitoba mulls change that would allow it to force teams to drop controversial names
(Manitoba) -- An organization that oversees hundreds of hockey teams in Manitoba will consider revising its regulations to allow it to compel teams with controversial or...

7/14/2020

article Exeter Chiefs told to follow Washington Redskins and drop their ‘demeaning, disrespectful and stereotypical’ branding
(Washington D.C.) -- Just hours after NFL side the Washington Redskins announced that they were changing their offensive name and red Indian badge, the National Congress...
article Atlanta Braves will rethink iconic tomahawk chop but will keep name
(Georgia) -- The Atlanta Braves announced in an email to season ticket-holders on Sunday that the club will retain their nickname but are “working through”...

7/13/2020

article Activists hope amateur sports teams will follow suit in changing racist team names
(Canada) -- As the Washington, D.C., NFL team prepares for a new name and logo, Indigenous activists on both sides of the border say that it's time for minor league...
article Cleveland Thunder? Painesville teen wants to honor Native American ancestor with intriguing historical tale
(Ohio) -- A 15-year-old high school sophomore from Painesville has a possible name for the Cleveland Indians, one that holds respect for his family heritage, Native...
article Where does the University of Utah stand with the Ute Indian Tribe in use of school’s nickname?
(Utah) -- Less than two weeks after the NFL’s Washington franchise said it would review its logo and “Redskins” nickname, the club announced Monday it...

7/12/2020

article Another Town, Another Native American Nickname.
(Pennsylvania) -- The Susquehanna Township School District's use of an Indian mascot must permanently be discontinued. The mascot is wholly offensive to Native...

7/11/2020

article Sheridan, Wilson, Balboa: Spokane school names may change due to namesakes’ actions and views
(Washington) -- Spokane has no Confederates in its closet, but it does have a history that was written largely by the white men who settled the Inland Northwest. More...
article MORON ALERT: Winnacunnet Warrior mascot is not racist
(New Hampshire) -- I am a proud Winnacunnet Warrior. Class of 1992. And, young members of the “Cancel Culture,” who don’t understand history and honor...

7/10/2020

article A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city
(Colorado) -- Should "the chief" stay or go? The fate of the sign should be determined by “enlightened dialogue and not through mob rule,” says Ben...
article After the End of Native Mascots
(USA) -- If recent reports hold true, the Washington NFL team name is finally on its way out. Despite a lot of grand declarations about tradition, legacy, and tribute,...
article Ed Hardin: In Cherokee – home to Redskins, Braves and Indians fans – debates over team nicknames pique curiosity
(Oklahoma) -- We might think we fully understand the mascot controversy sweeping the country right now. And we might assume that every Native American on every...
press release Here's why Palm Springs High School won't take the Indians out of its name
(California) -- Long before Palm Springs became a world-renown resort destination, before all the golf courses dotted the region and the date palms arrived from overseas...
article In Campaign Against Racism, Team Names Get New Scrutiny
(USA) -- Guy Jones had been advocating for 21 long years, hoping for the day when Anderson High School, outside of Cincinnati, would drop the nickname he found vulgar...
article Mayor, community members urge Morden hockey team to ditch controversial nickname
(Manitoba) -- A senior hockey team in rural Manitoba that's resisted calls to discard its controversial name is facing new pressure from the southern Manitoba city...
article Sponsor calls for name, logo change of Ypsilanti Braves youth football program
(Michigan) -- A financial backer of the Ypsilanti Junior Braves youth football program is threatening to pull his $10,000 sponsorship if the team does not change its...
article LISTEN: 'We Learn Together' Tribal Educator On Why It's Time To End Native American Mascots
(Connecticut) -- The racial injustice reckoning the nation is experiencing in the wake of the death of George Floyd has only amplified calls for sports teams to get rid...

7/9/2020

article Former Blackhawk Jordin Tootoo Asks for Context With Racial Team Names
(Chicago) -- Former Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo shared a personal statement regarding the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos team name. The statement comes in the middle of...
article A high school’s American Indian mascot is dividing this mostly white Utah town
(Utah) -- A petition to change a high school mascot has led to fierce resistance in a largely white Utah town, where many are defending the Bountiful Braves as a way to...
article How a child helped me see that the Cleveland Indians moniker and Chief Wahoo are racist: Leila Atassi
(Ohio) -- I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t recognize the grossly racist nature of the Cleveland Indians’ longtime mascot Chief Wahoo until I was well...
article Colorado Nonprofit Pushes To Get Rid Of Native American Mascots
(Colorado) -- After decades of criticism and resistance, the Washington Redskins NFL team is considering changing its name. But the use of Native American mascots is not...
article Edmonton CFL team heeds sponsors' calls, accelerates review of potential name change
(Alberta) -- The Edmonton Eskimos said Wednesday they would be "accelerating our ongoing process of review" of the club's nickname following recent calls...
article MORON ALERT: A noisy, powerful minority is poised to ram a new baseball team name down Cleveland’s throat
(Ohio) -- Usually, I am happy to be proven correct; to make a prediction and have it come out right on the money. Doesn’t happen often, but it’s fun when it...
article SM North alumnus, Native American starts counter-petition in favor of keeping Indian mascot
(Oklahoma) -- After seeing the petition to change Shawnee Mission North’s Indian mascot by the school’s 100th anniversary, 2012 alumnus Emmitt Monslow...
article A cartoonish Native American towering over Durango has divided the city. Should “the chief” stay or go?
(Colorado) -- He has a wide grin under a big nose. A single feather dangles beside one of his braids. His hand is raised in a howdy-friendly wave. And his bow legs and...

7/8/2020

article NAC: New momentum against offensive team mascots
(Indian Country) -- After decades of outcry by Native American leaders, the ball may finally be moving down the field in the fight to change offensive pro sports team...
article 'Retire the Redmen' Effort Picks Up Momentum
(New York) -- A petition to change East Islip's mascot name started last month by several East Islip High School alumni has picked up momentum, garnering 7,000...
article CFL sponsor threatens to cut ties unless Edmonton changes team name
(Alberta) -- One of the sponsors of the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos says it will cut ties with the team unless it changes its name. Longtime sponsor...
article Indigenous team names are under fire again — but this time feels different
(Canada) -- The Edmonton Eskimos announced today that they're revisiting their name. This came the day after a major sponsor threatened to end its relationship with...
article Colorado Nonprofit Pushes To Get Rid Of Native American Mascots
(Colorado) -- After decades of criticism and resistance, the Washington Redskins NFL team is considering changing its name. But the use of Native American mascots is not...
article Native American groups urge change for Utah school team
(Utah) -- A Native American group asked a Utah school district to stop using the name “Braves” for a high school team. James Courage Singer of the Utah...
article Tribal Leader Speaks Out Against Braintree Wamps Mascot
(Massachusetts) -- The head of the Massachusetts Native American tribe of Ponkapoag, has called on Braintree High School to drop its mascot, the Wamps. Tribe Sagamore...

7/7/2020

article Local communities don't want mascot names to change
(Oklahoma) -- Redskins, Indians, Chiefs, Chieftains, Savages, Warriors and Braves. These are the mascot names that account for 61 Oklahoma school districts and now they...
article Petitions circulating for replacing, keeping Ole Miss' Indians mascot
(Mississippi) -- The national debate regarding the use of Native American logos and imagery for sports teams has surfaced in Grant County in the form of opposing...
article Shawnee Mission North parents, alumni say school’s mascot sends wrong message
(Kansas) -- There’s an online petition with more than 2,000 signatures asking for the Shawnee Mission School District to get rid of the Indian mascot for Shawnee...

7/6/2020

article 'It's never too late to do the right thing': Union Public Schools to again consider changing Redskins mascot
(Oklahoma) -- The Union school board could soon reevaluate the district’s mascot, the Redskins, the school district’s administration announced Monday....

7/5/2020

article Spokane sports react to potential removal of Native American terms and imagery
(Washington) -- For decades, certain sports teams – professional, college and high school – have resisted changing their nicknames and branding from Native...

7/4/2020

article It’s not just about Washington—racist team mascots persist all over the country
(USA) -- Activists and allies have long called for the Washington football team to retire their name, a word that in modern usage is defined as a racial slur. It now...

7/3/2020

article Cleveland Indians Open to Discussing Changing Team Name
(Ohio) -- In a statement released Friday, the Cleveland Indians announced they would be engaging with “appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward...
article Report: Cleveland Indians 'Prepared to Consider' Nickname Change More Seriously
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians are ready to consider changing the franchise's nickname after 105 years. According to Ken Rosenthal and Zack Meisel of The Athletic,...
article VIDEO: Imagining the Indian trailer: A new documentary tackling the racist nature of native mascoting
(Indian Country) -- Confederate statues and flags are coming down, companies are being called out and institutions are being challenged about their practices and...

7/1/2020

article Red Raider mascot debate continues to divide Bellefonte community
(Pennsylvania) -- The Bellefonte school board wasn’t planning to discuss changing the mascot on Tuesday, and its members didn’t. But the “Red Raider...
article Time for a change? Or ‘Once a Chieftain, Always a Chieftain’
(Massachusetts) -- Amidst the race conflicts heating up, there is a debate to change or modify the Nashoba mascot, the Chieftain. This is not the first time this debate...
article OP/ED: No, Indian School Road isn't derogatory. Ask the people who matter
(Arizona) -- Three years after the idea was first floated, Robert E. Lee Street and Squaw Peak Drive may finally fade into history. The Phoenix City Council is scheduled...
article ‘Conquistador’ image on New Mexico water tank targeted
(New Mexico) -- A Jemez Pueblo activist is seeking to start talks with a New Mexico town around a conquistador image on a water tank as protesters pressure local towns...

6/30/2020

article Braintree’s ‘Wamp’ mascot debated, slammed as ‘extremely distasteful’
(Massachusetts) -- The future of the Wamp as the symbol of Braintree High School is the subject of opposing petition drives. At its Monday night meeting, the school...
article Online petitions seek to change, save Jackson 'Indian' mascot
(Missouri) -- A campaign to abolish the Jackson School District’s “Indian” mascot has been endorsed by thousands of online petition signers. Meanwhile...
article Exeter Chiefs facing calls to drop ‘racist’ Native American branding and chant
(UK) -- Exeter Chiefs are facing calls to drop their Native American branding and signature Tomahawk Chop chant from local Labour MP Ben Bradshaw. Mr Bradshaw has backed...

6/29/2020

article Guilford votes to remove Indian mascot
(Connecticut) -- The Indian has been the nickname of Guilford High School for 70 years. After much debate in recent months, the Board of Education said it was time to...

6/27/2020

article Durango City Council plans to weigh in on ‘Chief’ sign
(Colorado) -- Durango City Council plans to take a stand on the controversial “Chief” sign, but first councilors want to hear from those most affected. The...
article Algonquin, Nashoba alums campaign to retire ‘racist’ school mascots
(Massachusetts) -- More than 3,000 people in two Central Mass. school districts are campaigning to retire their school mascots, stating they promote a racist depiction...

6/26/2020

article He says this Fresno school’s Native American mascot is racist. Will the school change it?
(California) -- A Fresno man’s recent effort to shine a light on what he says is Fresno High School’s racist mascot has prompted elected officials to open a...

6/25/2020

article Is it time for the Chicago Blackhawks to drop their Native American logo?
(Illinois) -- Julia Kelly still gets chills thinking about it. As the sold-out crowd cheered and Jim Cornelison’s voice carried throughout the building before a...
article Mead: Time for the U. to give up its Native American nickname
(Utah) -- In recent weeks, America has opened a new, important and potentially transformative chapter. More and more Americans are demonstrating their willingness to...

6/24/2020

article Ernest House and Tom Stritikus: Caricatures of Natives do not fit with our values
(Colorado) -- The clocktower is one the most distinguishing features of the Fort Lewis College campus. When visitors and students walk through it, they are greeted by...

6/23/2020

article Education Board Hears From Experts On Removing Indian Mascot
(Connecticut) -- During its special meeting Monday, streamed live on YouTube and watched by more than 180 people, experts told Guilford Board of Education members it...

6/22/2020

article Is the bell tolling for Native American mascots?
(Michigan) -- More than 50 alumni of Huron High School in Southern Wayne County are asking the district to quit using a Native American team mascot and the imagery that...
article First Nations student graduates as McGill valedictorian after leading fight against 'Redmen' team name
(Quebec) -- Tomas Jirousek, a First Nations student who led the campaign to get McGill University to change the name of its men's sports teams, graduated last week...
article Should UNLV continue to be the Rebels? Why change could be forthcoming
(Las Vegas) -- A controversy is raging around UNLV's removal of a Hey Reb! statue from a prominent spot on campus last week. University officials removed the statue...

6/20/2020

article Debate reignites over Tewksbury mascot
(Massachusetts) -- Though Tewksbury’s school year is almost over, debates regarding the “Redmen” mascot have begun to spark up again. On June 5, an...
article HELLER: From high school mascots to statues of Columbus, it’s time to stop insulting Native Americans
(Connecticut) -- The Black Lives Matter uprising is a great opportunity to deal with all sorts of white supremacy issues. One that should be easy to accomplish is...

6/19/2020

article Eskimo Pies to drop ‘derogatory’ name over racial insensitivity
(USA) -- The maker of Eskimo Pies will change the 99-year-old brand name of the ice cream treat, the company said Friday — becoming the latest organization to...
article Memorials to the racist former owners of the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Twins are removed
(USA) -- A monument to the former owner of the Washington Redskins and a statue of the former owner of the Minnesota Twins were removed Friday because of the men's...
article Pro-‘Chief’ petition surfaces after calls to bring sign down
(Colorado) -- Those who want to keep the “Chief” sign up in downtown Durango have started a petition of their own to save the large caricature of a Native...
article Eskimo Pie, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben's and Cream of Wheat are changing. Are the Washington Redskins next?
(Arizona) -- Some brands are beginning to alter their names and logos as they face increasing pressure to diversify and combat racism. After decades of criticism for how...

6/18/2020

article Olentangy Schools responds to Christopher Columbus Instagram comment posted by district
(Ohio) -- On Thursday, the Olentangy School District issued a statement after they say an employee accidentally commented on an Instagram post regarding a Christopher...
article Petition calls for end to “Red Raiders’
(New York) -- An online petition to change the name of Jamestown High School’s mascot that started circulating this week has received a response from the president...
article Citing concern for indigenous people, Duluth moving to drop ‘chief’ from city job titles
(Minnesota) -- Some job titles for city staff will soon be changing, as the city of Duluth seeks to remove the word “chief” from its leadership lexicon....

6/12/2020

article Paw Paw schools close to picking new nickname
(Michigan) -- Paw Paw Public Schools is entering the final stage of replacing the controversial Redskins nickname. A task force of students narrowed the search down to...

6/8/2020

article Minooka Indians: Online Petition Aims To Keep School Mascot
(Illinois) -- An online petition drive launched Monday on Change.org has already collected nearly 700 signatures from people who want to keep the Indians as the school...

6/1/2020

article 'Start by changing your team name': Inuk MP responds to Edmonton Eskimos post referencing racism
(Edmonton) -- A social media post by the Edmonton Eskimos referencing racism drew criticism over the weekend given the ongoing controversy over the team's name,...

4/30/2020

article OP/ED: My Native American father drew the Land O’Lakes maiden. She was never a stereotype.
(Minnesota) -- She was never a stereotype. That was my thought earlier this month when I heard that “Mia,” as the Land O’Lakes Native American maiden...

4/27/2020

article Land O'Lakes Removal Of Native Woman From Packaging Stirs Controversy
(Minnesota) -- After Land O’Lakes quietly removed Mia, the Native American woman who has been prominent on its packaging since 1928, The Wall Street Journal...

4/26/2020

article Cudmore: Mohawk Tommy: good fun or exploitation?
(New York) -- One hundred years ago two of Amsterdam’s rug-making factories — Shuttleworth Brothers and McCleary, Wallin & Crouse — merged. Owners...
article Conservatives Lose Their Minds After Land O’ Lakes Retires Problematic Native American Logo
(Minnesota) -- After nearly a century, dairy company Land O’Lakes will be removing the image of a Native American woman from their packaging. The logo has since...

4/21/2020

article OP/ED: Chief Illiniwek remains embedded in UI history
(Illinois) -- Since its founding in 1867, the University has lived a long, rich history. Augmenting into one of the nation’s top places for higher education and...

4/18/2020

article OP/ED: Retire the racist mascot
(Arkansas) -- “Scalp ‘em!” I gasped when I heard the cheerleaders’ chant. A racist mascot is being used to denigrate Native Americans in our own...

4/15/2020

article Land O'Lakes Removes Native American Mascot
(Minnesota) -- Land O'Lakes has removed the Native American maiden that has been a part of their company logo since the beginning. The move comes as the Minnesota-...
article Land O’Lakes quietly gets rid of iconic Indian maiden mascot
(Minnesota) -- For nearly a century, the Land O’Lakes Indian maiden has kneeled by the side of a blue lake holding out an offering of a 4-stick box of butter. No more....

4/10/2020

article The Cleveland Indians Become the Cleveland Colonizers on Brockmire
(Ohio) -- Season 4 of Brockmire — a delightful, vulgar and incisively funny IFC show about a bombed-out, substance-addled baseball announcer, played by Hank Azaria...

3/12/2020

article The Time Has Come To Get Rid of Offensive Mascots
(Indian Country) -- Watching the fans of the Kansas City “Chiefs,” tomahawk-chopping and wearing red-face and imitation feathered headdresses during last...

3/10/2020

article Moran: Schools Need to Approach the Use of Indigenous Symbolism with Caution
(Utah) -- Growing up in the Mexican American culture, there have always been people that try to explain my identity to me. My Mexican friends would tell me I am not...

3/9/2020

article Native Americans should be the judge of when some high school mascots stay or go
(Illinois) -- A new bill making its way through Springfield would make it tougher for high schools to keep their Native American mascots. We support the bill in concept...
article Utah tribal leaders call for mascot resolution to be withdrawn
(Utah) -- A coalition of tribal leaders in Utah are calling for a resolution on Native American mascots to be withdrawn from the legislature. The tribal leaders issued...

3/5/2020

article Are Native American High School Mascots On Their Way Out In Illinois?
(Illinois) -- New state legislation is taking aim at Illinois schools with Native American mascots. A bill introduced in the Illinois House would require high schools...
article University of Illinois student government offering 'buyback' for 'racist' merchandise featuring former mascot
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois student government is giving students the opportunity to sell back their clothes featuring the school's “racist...

3/4/2020

article University of Utah, Ute Indian Tribe renew 'Utes' naming agreement in 5-year term
(Utah) -- On Tuesday, the University of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe announced a renewal of their agreement, or “memorandum of understanding,” to use the...
article Ute Indian Tribe renews memorandum of understanding with University of Utah
(Utah) -- The University of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe have renewed their agreement to let the sports teams at the university use the Ute name. As part of the five-...
article Illinois Legislation Could Mean Changes For Mascots
(Illinois) -- A proposed bill in the Illinois House of Representatives could mean changes to mascots in 52 Illinois schools. The bill, which was introduced by...
article Lawmaker wants Native American community to oversee its imagery in high schools
(Illinois) -- A Rockford lawmaker wants to give the Native American community all oversight of how they want their imagery to be represented in Illinois high schools...

3/3/2020

article Ute Indian Tribe, University Of Utah Renew Athletics Naming Agreement
(Utah) -- The University of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe have renewed their memorandum of understanding allowing the university’s sports teams to continue using...
article RACIST BLOG: UI offers 'buyback' on 'racist' old mascot gear
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Student Government is hosting an annual t-shirt buyback geared toward reducing the number of t-shirts featuring it’s old “Chief...
article The Mascot Wars Will Never End
(Illinois) -- This week, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, my alma mater, will take part in a historic, hotly debated vote about a bird. That...

3/2/2020

article Legislation targets Native American mascots; several Central Illinois schools would be affected
(Louisiana) -- New legislation would require Illinois schools that want to keep using Native American mascots and logos to receive approval from local tribes if they...

3/1/2020

article Proposed bill would require Illinois high schools with Native American mascots to receive approval from local tribes
(Illinois) -- A new bill would require Illinois schools that want to keep using Native American mascots and logos to receive approval from local tribes if they want to...
article Metro East schools await fate of Native American mascots
(Illinois) -- Officials, alumni and fans of several metro east schools are watching Springfield, to see if legislation that could force them to change their Native...

2/29/2020

article Metro East schools await fate of Native American mascots
(Illinois) -- Officials, alumni and fans of several metro east schools are watching Springfield, to see if legislation that could force them to change their Native...

2/27/2020

article SEE YA: Killingly BOE member resigns
(Connecticut) -- A Killingly Board of Education member who supported bringing back the old high school mascot has resigned after her husband found a job out of state. In...
article Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban Native American mascots
(Illinois) -- Sports mascots that invoke Native American imagery and traditions have long been considered offensive by tribal nations. Two Illinois lawmakers want to ban...

2/26/2020

article American Indian Mascots Continue to be Called into Question
(Utah) -- American Indian mascots have been a controversial topic for many universities and sports teams in the past. In recent years, there has been a movement and a...
article Native American mascots may become banned in Illinois
(Illinois) -- A new bill would prevent Illinois schools and sports teams from having a Native American logo or mascot.

2/25/2020

article Proposed bill would prohibit Native American logos in schools
(Illinois) -- A new bill in Springfield would impact schools across Illinois with Native American logos or mascots. House Bill 4783 was introduced to regulate Native...

2/24/2020

article Students seek new school logo
(California) -- Students are pushing to remove Native American imagery from the South San Francisco High School logo and mascot — a proposal which school district...

2/22/2020

article Meridian High to drop Native American headdress logo, retain Warriors mascot
(Idaho) -- Meridian High School, whose mascot is the Warriors, will stop using a Native American headdress logo, one of two logos it uses for school branding. Meridian...

2/21/2020

article Meridian High to drop Native American headdress logo, retain Warriors mascot
(Idaho) -- Meridian High School, whose mascot is the Warriors, will stop using a Native American headdress logo, one of two logos it uses for school branding. Meridian...
article 'Take a Valium,' Nunavut MLA tells naysayers of Edmonton Eskimos name
(North Canada) -- Rankin Inlet South MLA and Nunavut cabinet minister Lorne Kusugak says he is proud to hear that the Edmonton Eskimos are choosing to keep their name —...

2/20/2020

article Illinois Student Government is facilitating a Chief gear buyback
(Illinois) -- Illinois Student Government is partnering with the Native American and Indigenous Students Organization to encourage students and community members to...

2/19/2020

article Bill pitches new rules for use of Native American mascots in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Illinois schools using Native American mascots and logos may be required to get written consent from local tribes and provide education on Native American...

2/18/2020

article Bill pitches new rules for use of Native American mascots in Illinois
(Illinois) -- Illinois schools using Native American mascots and logos may be required to get written consent from local tribes and provide education on Native American...

2/17/2020

article Rob Manfred hasn’t discussed tomahawk chop with Braves
(Atlanta) -- MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he hasn’t talked with the Braves about their ongoing use of the tomahawk chop chant. Speaking with media at...
article MAPS board votes to officially retire 'Native Chief' logo, still no decision on Redmen/Redettes nickname
(Michigan) -- The Marquette Area Public Schools district has not used the old ‘Native Chief’ logo much, if at all in the past two decades, opting instead to...
article Illinois law would require schools with Native American mascots to receive tribal approval
(Illinois) -- A new bill introduced by Rep. Maurice West (D-Rockford) would require schools with Native American mascots to receive approval from the nearest tribe. West...

2/16/2020

article MLB's Rob Manfred wades into 'Tomahawk Chop' debate at spring training
(Florida) -- The leader of Major League Baseball seemed hesitant to delve into the "Braves Chop" controversy as he fielded dozens of questions about the Astros...

2/13/2020

article Killingly school board member proposes new motto
(Connecticut) -- Killingly board of Education member Jason Muscara proposed that the school district adopt "E Pluribus Unum" as its motto to help the school...

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