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Nearly 80 Ohio School Districts Use Native American Names and Mascots, 13 Consider Changing

A Columbus Dispatch report published this weekend polled the athletic programs of 79 Ohio school districts that use Native American team names and mascots — 24 of those use the name Indians, 11 use Redskins, five refer to themselves as Redmen and, the Dispatch says, other team mascots and names include Apaches, Arrows, Braves, Chieftains, Chipps, Mohawks, Raiders, Seminoles, Senecas and Warriors.

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9/25/2020

article Change the Mascot?
(Kansas) -- A preliminary study conducted by the Indian Leader Association shows an even divide among the Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) community regarding...

9/24/2020

article National Native American rights group weighs in on Edgewood 'Indian' mascot debate
(Florida) -- The nation's largest Native American rights group has weighed in on the debate around Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School's controversial move to retire...

9/23/2020

article School, tribe working together on Philomath's mascot issue
(Oregon) -- The connection most people feel to their high school alma mater usually lasts a lifetime. In a small community such as Philomath, those feelings can take on...

9/22/2020

article University Senate endorses kingfisher mascot in landslide vote
(Illinois) -- A vast majority of the University Senate voted in favor of the orange-and-blue belted kingfisher as a new mascot for the University at Monday’s...
article Why a former Olympic site is finally removing the slur from its name
(California) -- Ruth Hopkins was 5 years old when she heard the slur for the first time. Her mother decided to take her to a post office at a reservation border town...

9/19/2020

article What’s in a name when it comes to sports teams?
(USA) -- Imagine an alternate universe in which the Nazis win World War II and Adolf Hitler’s dream of a pan-European ethnostate is realised. Once the rubble is...

9/18/2020

article New momentum to retire Indigenous-themed mascots at Washington state schools
(Washington D.C.) -- The first Native American woman elected to the Washington State House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to retire Native-themed...

9/17/2020

article Edgewood High prepares to face public over controversial 'Indian' mascot change
(Florida) -- The debate over the Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School "Indian" is heating up as the school prepares for its first round of public feedback on a...
article LETTER: Move away from the offensive names
(California) -- I anxiously awaited the start of last week's NFL kickoff game in Kansas City, through all of the social justice movement activities, just to have the...
article School District 25 board votes in favor of retiring Pocatello High School Indians mascot
(Pennsylvania) -- It was standing room only during the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, which ushered in the end of a...
article Winnacunnet to remain the Warriors but logos to change
(New Hampshire) -- Winnacunnet High School will always be known as the home of Warriors, but its logos and mascot may be getting a face-lift in the future to “...

9/16/2020

article School board votes to retire 'Indians' as Pocatello High mascot
(Idaho) -- Trustees on the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District board voted Tuesday to replace Pocatello High School's 'Indians' mascot with a new name choice...

9/14/2020

article Records show Tribes' wavering support of PHS Indians mascot
(Idaho) -- The stance of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on Pocatello High School’s use of the Indians moniker and mascot has been one of both support and opposition...

9/13/2020

press release History of Indians mascot is tied to baseball
(Idaho) -- Recently a question has resurfaced concerning Pocatello High School’s tradition of using the name “The Indians.” Such monikers provide a...
article Heritage or caricature? What proposed legislation means for Native American imagery at Peoria-area high schools
(Illinois) -- Native American imagery and names are all but gone among high schools in central Illinois. The East Peoria Community High School’s Raiders are the...

9/10/2020

press release Allentown School District considering replacing Indian as Raub Middle School mascot
(Pennsylvania) -- The Allentown School District is looking to change the mascot of one of its middle schools out of sensitivity toward Native Americans. At Thursday...

9/9/2020

article Carthage Dropping 'Red Men' Nickname Over Racial, Gender Concerns
(Wisconsin) -- Carthage College is retiring its nicknames, the Red Men and Lady Reds, citing "widely held concerns about the connotations for racial and gender...
article Chiefs nix headdresses, face paint to start NFL season
(Missouri) -- Kansas City Chiefs fans who file into Arrowhead Stadium Thursday for a masked and socially distanced start to the NFL season won't be wearing...
article Humphrey says 'no' to meeting on mascot referendum
(Vermont) -- The chairwoman of the General Committee said Wednesday she will not schedule a meeting to discuss a referendum on the Rutland High School mascot. The Board...
article A Native American Experience with Offensive Mascots and Logos
(South Dakota) -- The effects of the mass genocide of Indigenous people in North and South America are still felt today in modern Native America. Here in South Dakota...
article Agawam Keeps Native American Sports Mascot, Bucks National Trend
(Massachusetts) -- As schools across the nation ditch race-based sports mascots, Agawam is holding on tight to its own controversial logo and team nickname. On Tuesday,...

9/8/2020

article In Pennsylvania public schools, an ‘epidemic’ of Native American mascots and nicknames
(Pennsylvania) -- Four years ago, at least 67 public schools in Pennsylvania embraced Native American nicknames and mascots — Red Raiders, Little Indians, Big Reds...
article Two Colorado schools retire their Native American mascots
(Colorado) -- Two Loveland schools are retiring their Native American mascots after years of community debate and a petition by high school students to remove images...
article What’s in a name —The ‘Indians’ here and all over
(New York) -- At a Board of Education meeting, a speaker asked the members to consider changing the name of its school’s teams’ name, the Indians. It was insensitive to...

9/7/2020

article Pocatello-Chubbuck to consider dropping 'Indians' mascot...
(Idaho) -- Another long-running American Indian-themed school mascot could be history in the coming weeks, writes Idaho Education News reporter Devin Bodkin. The...

9/6/2020

article COLUMN: The only good Indian mascot is a dead Indian mascot
(Oklahoma) -- The only good Indian is a dead Indian” is an American aphorism uttered by General Phillip Sheridan during the plains Indian campaigns of the 1860s...
article Natives, Expert Continue To Examine ‘Red Raider’ Issue
(New York) -- Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sports media at Ithaca College, considers schools to be “sacred spaces in the American democracy.” “They...

9/4/2020

article Two Loveland schools retire their Native American mascots
(Colorado) -- Loveland High School and Bill Reed Middle School no longer have Native American mascots. The Thompson School District Board of Education voted unanimously...

9/3/2020

article Shelter Island Retires 'Indians' High School Mascot
(New York) -- The Shelter Island Board of Education on Long Island has voted to retire its high school’s mascot “the Indians.” The school has used the...
article Winnacunnet High removes Native American imagery as debate over mascot continues
(New Hampshire) -- The "W" on the Winnacunnet High School website once featured decorative feathers – now removed due to their association with Native...

9/2/2020

article Thompson school board votes to retire Native American mascots
(Colorado) -- Loveland High School and Bill Reed Middle School no longer have Native American mascots. The Thompson School District Board of Education voted unanimously...

9/1/2020

article LETTER: Chiefs, good grief
(Missouri) -- Why not go out on top as National Football League champions, Kansas City? Keep it classy by chucking “The Chiefs” moniker, and start the new...

8/31/2020

article Alumni, Native Americans renew call for Cheyenne Mountain High to eliminate 'Indian' mascot
(Colorado) -- Nearly 40 people signed in to a virtual school board meeting Monday evening to decry Cheyenne Mountain High School's use of what they called an...

8/30/2020

article Debate over Bellefonte's Red Raider mascot sparks rally
(Pennsylvania) -- The debate surrounding Bellefonte's Red Raider mascot sparked a rally on Saturday outside of the Centre County Government building. Earlier this...

8/29/2020

article NY is rich with Native American history and culture: What it means for schools, nicknames
(New York) -- When entering the gymnasium at Watkins Glen High School’s field house, fans are greeted by a mural that reads “Welcome to the Seneca Nation....

8/28/2020

article COLUMBIAN: Native American mascots are not a tribute
(Ohio) -- A proposal to retire the Chieftains nickname for Columbia River High School athletic teams is not a matter of political correctness run amok. It is simply a...

8/27/2020

article Here’s why the Chiefs are banning Native American imagery and evaluating the chop
(Missouri) -- The aftermath of a Super Bowl title has been overshadowed by one of the most unusual and unpredictable summers in NFL history. Kansas City is not immune.
article Seneca Nation says schools should stop using Native American mascots
(New York) -- More than 50 high schools across New York state still have mascots with Native American origins, and the Seneca Nation called for the practice to end,...

8/26/2020

article Britain’s mascot debate reignites over Exeter Chiefs’ refusal to renounce Native American paraphernalia
(UK) -- Feather headdresses, tribal war paint and ceremonious battle cries have been characteristic of Exeter’s rugby scene since 1999 when its premiership team,...

8/25/2020

article 'Now is the time': High schools re-examining use of Native American mascots
(Illinois) -- Nearly six years ago, Austin Allbert dressed in beaded pants, a fringed vest and a feathered headdress, and allowed his art teacher to decorate his face...

8/24/2020

article Shelter Island schools consider changing 'Indians' mascot
(New York) -- The Shelter Island school board is considering changing the school’s mascot from the Indians following a movement led by young people who say the...

8/22/2020

article Native parents, officials question timing of Petoskey school mascot decision
(Michigan) -- School leaders in Petoskey ended nearly 70 years of Native American-themed sports imagery this month, a move some say took far too long. The Petoskey...

8/21/2020

article Kansas City Chiefs to prohibit Native American imagery at Arrowhead
(Missouri) -- The team said in a statement Thursday that the changes came after conversations with national organizations that work closely on issues that affect Native...
article NFL's Kansas City bans headdresses, Native American face paint and clothing at games
(Missouri) -- NFL's Kansas City team will prohibit the wearing of Native American headdresses, face paint and clothing at Arrowhead Stadium. It is also discussing...
article Some Native Americans React To Kansas City Chiefs Ban On Native Regalia
(Missouri) -- After the Kansas City Chiefs announced they would ban fans from wearing Native American headdresses and regalia, some Native Americans in Tulsa said they...
article The Chiefs offload their racism problem on their fans, who they’ll be letting in their stadium amid coronavirus
(Missouri) -- After years of pressure from Native activists, the Kansas City Chiefs are putting the responsibility for being less racist fully on their fans. They won...

8/19/2020

article After dueling petitions, Susquehannock to discuss school district's Native American logo
(Pennsylvania) -- About a month after diverging petitions were created on the topic, the Southern York County School District school board is expected to discuss the...
article Connecticut school votes to eliminate Tomahawk mascot
(Connecticut) -- Glastonbury High School's athletic teams will no longer be known as the Tomahawks. The Glastonbury Board of Education voted 7-1 Monday night to...

8/18/2020

article Glastonbury BOE approves removal of Tomahawks logo and mascot from public schools
(Connecticut) -- Another Connecticut town has voted to remove its Native American themed high school mascot. The town of Glastonbury voted to remove its Tomahawks logo...
article High schools around the country — including Morris and Minooka in Illinois — are re-examining their use of Native American mascots: ‘Now is the time’
(Illinois) -- Nearly six years ago, Austin Allbert dressed in beaded pants, a fringed vest and a feathered headdress, and allowed his art teacher to decorate his face...
article NAC: Does “Eskimo” still hold up?
(Canada) -- Edmonton’s (Canada) professional football team dropped the word “Eskimo” as their team name. The makers of Eskimo Pie ice cream are also...
article OP/ED: Native schools should ditch racist mascots, too
(Oklahoma) -- I grew up in a Maryland suburb outside of Washington, D.C. In first grade, I learned the Washington fight song, “Hail to the Redskins.” Our...
article Saugatuck school board votes to drop contentious ‘Indians’ team name, mascot
(Michigan) -- By the start of 2021, Saugatuck Public Schools will have a new identity. The West Michigan school district plans to drop its team name and mascot as the...

8/17/2020

article Ohio high schools reevaluate Native American nicknames
(Ohio) -- The Canal Winchester Lady Indians huddled before their varsity soccer games and screamed, "Ahh … 1, 2, 3 ... Scalp them!" loud enough for fans...
article Proposal to retire Native American mascots, logos in WI schools
(Wisconsin) -- At a time of reckoning over racial injustice, big changes are happening on both a local and national scale. Some Native Americans say that the names and...
article ‘It’s long overdue’: Saugatuck Schools votes to drop ‘Indians’ name
(Michigan) -- After decades of use and multiple considerations to of change in the past 15 years, Saugatuck Public Schools is officially ending the use of “Indians...

8/16/2020

article Alma mater accepts the challenge and gets rid of a mascot we all knew was offensive
(Arizona) -- In high school, I took journalism because there was no other option. I was a freshman, enrolling late at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix. We had just...

8/15/2020

article National attention, but no local push to change Redskins name
(Pennsylvania) -- Sports team nicknames and mascots deemed derogatory to Native Americans is a hot topic on the national level, but discussion of such on the local level...
article Saugatuck Public Schools to consider retiring ‘Indians’ name Monday
(Michigan) -- Following a discussion last month about potentially changing the school’s nickname and mascot, the Saugatuck Public Schools Board of Education is set...

8/14/2020

article Petoskey school board votes to remove Native American logo
(Michigan) -- Following a unanimous vote on Thursday, the Public Schools of Petoskey will be removing its Native American logo from district use. The appropriate use of...

8/13/2020

article MORON ALERT: Defining Pride: Lamar Savages
(Colorado) -- Driving into Lamar, you can immediately sense there is big pride in this small town of around 8,000 people. "Savage" pride. "Whenever Savage...
article Pittsfield School Committee votes to retire Native American mascot of Taconic High School
(Pennsylvania) -- Pittsfield is no longer the home of the Braves. In a 5-1 vote, Pittsfield School Committee voted to change the mascot of Taconic High School. The new...

8/12/2020

article As Quincy and Braintree remove Native American mascots, critics say more must be done
(Massachusetts) -- Advocates calling for the removal of Native American mascots praised recent actions in Quincy and Braintree to eliminate the symbols, but also said...

8/11/2020

article Native Mascots Are Still A Sticking Point In High School Sports
(Indian Country) -- 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...
article Port Neches-Groves High's Cheerleaders Yell "Scalp 'em!" While Others Call Foul
(Texas) -- Cindy Reeves grins from ear to ear as she strikes a proud pose in front of the hazy purple backdrop. She is decked out in her drill team best: bright white...
article Makah Tribe honors spirit of whale entangled in fishing net
(Washington) -- A gray whale that was discovered entangled in a fishing net by Makah Tribe fishermen Thursday was towed into Neah Bay to be processed and distributed to...

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...

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