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Neshaminy student newspaper to resume 'Redskin' ban

What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin - and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional.

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Mascot Issue

4/19/2017

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

4/18/2017

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

4/17/2017

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

4/7/2017

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

4/6/2017

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

3/28/2017

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

3/23/2017

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

3/22/2017

article Community Voices: Native American students challenge use of harmful mascots in film ‘You’re Honoring Who?’
(Minnesota) -- “I think in sports teams especially, that we would take something that brings people together and cause a cultural group of people in our country so...

3/20/2017

article Paw Paw keeps racist mascot, state ups ante
(Michigan) -- It almost causes me physical pain to say this, but the high school football team in Paw Paw, Mich., should be allowed to keep its racist mascot.

3/17/2017

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

3/16/2017

article Native American Mascots Could Bring Financial Penalties
(Indiana) -- State Superintendent Brian Whiston is waiting for word from the attorney general’s office on whether he can cut funding for school districts with...

3/10/2017

article NOBEL: Should the state adopt legislation banning the use of Native American symbols for mascots?
(Massachusetts) -- It is time for Massachusetts to face the issue of public schools using offensive race-based symbols for their athletic team mascots. When teams employ...

3/5/2017

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

3/4/2017

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

3/1/2017

article Bill proposed to ban Mass. high schools from using Native American mascots
(Massachusetts) -- Two local state representatives are backing a bill that would ban high schools from using Native American team names, mascots, or logos. It came to a...
article After LHS student raises concerns, tribal chief wants to rescind Shawnee Mission North’s use of Indian mascot
(Oklahoma) -- The chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma says she is recommending the tribe’s business committee rescind permission given to Shawnee...
article Proposal to drop Napa High Indian mascot draws protests
(California) -- Napa High School announced Wednesday morning that it may drop its Indian mascot name after a school district committee recommended it be changed....

2/28/2017

article After LHS student raises concerns, tribal chief wants to rescind Shawnee Mission North’s use of Indian mascot
(Kansas) -- The chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma says she is recommending the tribe’s business committee rescind permission given to Shawnee Mission...

2/27/2017

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

2/22/2017

article Bill Aims To Ban High Schools' Native American Team Names, Logos, Mascots
(Massachusetts) -- An evergreen source of controversy and debate is the use of Native-American- themed sports team names. It may be bubbling up again in Massachusetts....
article MORON ALERT: Nick in the AM: Chief Illiniwek recalls the 'Last Dance'
(Illinois) -- It's been 10 years since Chief Illiniwek performed for the final official time at the University of Illinois. As far as the final official portrayer of...

2/15/2017

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

2/14/2017

article Native American tribes give blessing for El Reno High School’s mascot
(Oklahoma) -- Members from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes met with the El Reno Board of Education Monday night to sign a spirit charter, which was created to support...
article Gill-Montague school board votes to remove Turners Indian mascot
(Massachusetts) -- The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee has voted to change the Turners Falls High School mascot from the “Indians” in a 6-3 vote on...

2/13/2017

article Mohawk High School in Marcola drops Indians as mascot name
(Oregon) -- Mohawk High School teams have been known as the Indians since the Oregon school was established in the late 1920s. That's about to change.
article 'Indian Head' at Luna Stage takes on offensive mascots, with mixed success
(New Jersey) -- Nikkole Salter's world-premiere "Indian Head," commissioned by West Orange's Luna Stage Company, is a play with an important message...

2/11/2017

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

1/25/2017

article Bill filed in state Senate would ban use of Native American mascots
(Massachusetts) -- A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots and imagery in Massachusetts high schools has been filed in the state Senate. The bill,...
article Bill takes aim at Native American-themed mascots
(Massachusetts) -- Efforts to ban the use of Native American-themed school mascots have divided Massachusetts communities. Now, a measure introduced in the state...
article Tewksbury Resident Wants Native American Logos Banned At Public Schools
(Massachusetts) -- A Tewksbury resident wants state lawmakers to ban the use of Native American symbols and logos at public schools. After losing a battle to change...

1/21/2017

article NAPABA disagrees with band in trademark case
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments on two cases — Lee v. Tam and Ziglar v. Abbasi — that will have a...
article Offensive image, quick backlash bring swift end to Mankato commemorative rifle
(Minnesota) -- A few weeks ago, as I sat down with my morning coffee to read the news of the day in the Free Press, a glossy advertisement dropped from the folded...

1/20/2017

article GTA school boards to review Indigenous team names, mascots and logos
(Toronto) -- Ontario’s deputy minister of education is asking schools to take a hard look at their use of indigenous symbols, according to a memo to the directors...

1/15/2017

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

1/4/2017

article Money being made available for schools looking to change mascots
(Michigan) -- More than a half million dollars in grant money is being made available to schools and local organizations to improve awareness and educate people on...

1/3/2017

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

12/23/2016

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

12/22/2016

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

12/20/2016

article Controversy brewing over Whiteland Warrior school mascot
(Indiana) -- There is controversy brewing in one local town over the school mascot. People want to know if the Whiteland Warriors will be getting a new logo or not....

12/19/2016

article Belding school board unanimously votes to remove “Redskins” mascot
(Michigan) -- The Belding Area Schools Board of Education unanimously voted Monday night to drop their controversial ‘Redskins’ mascot. The meeting was...

12/16/2016

article Kalma’s Charlie Chinook Getting a Tribe Approved Makeover
(Washington) -- The Kalama High School mascot, long considered to be a racist representation of Native Americans, is finally getting a culturally accurate update....

12/14/2016

article BCSD to remove controversial mascots
(California) -- The Bakersfield City School District will remove controversial Native American mascots from two local schools. Wayside and Frank West Elementary...

12/13/2016

article Native American speakers focus on impact of mascot, call for education during Turners Falls forum
(Massachusetts) -- Two local Native American speakers called for more education during their presentation at the third community event in the ongoing review of the...

12/11/2016

article Let’s grasp this rare opportunity: Native culture can unite mascot adversaries
(Kansas) -- Now that the dust has started to settle in the matter of the Indian mascot at Manhattan High School, we’d like to propose a way forward. We think there...

12/6/2016

article Douglas County schools contend with state's Native American mascot ruling
(Oregon) -- Two Douglas County school districts have made provisions to drop their Native American mascots following a decision made by the Oregon Board of Education.

12/5/2016

article G-M school district denounces use of Tomahawk chop, headdress at football game
(Massachusetts) -- School Superintendent Michael Sullivan has denounced the display of the “Tomahawk Chop” and a Native American headdress at the...

12/2/2016

article Schools speak regarding Native American mascots
(Illinois) -- A harmful Native American mascots discussion was hosted on Illinois Valley Community College's campus earlier in the month. Amanda Cook-Fesperman,...

11/21/2016

article Complaint about Mississauga Indigenous team names comes to Human Rights Tribunal today
(Ontario) -- The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is set to hear a case today of a man who alleges indigenous names and symbols used by some Mississauga, Ont., hockey...
article Get rid of 'insulting' Indigenous team names, logos, man tells human rights tribunal
(Ontario) -- An Indigenous man who filed a complaint about the use of Aboriginal team names and logos in Mississauga testified Monday in front of the Human Rights...

11/20/2016

article Chiefs Working With American Indian Group on Team Traditions
(Missouri) -- The Kansas City Chiefs are collaborating with the American Indian Community Working Group to address concerns that some of their traditions are considered...

11/14/2016

article Chowchilla High changes Redskins mascot to Tribe
(California) -- Bowing to the new state ban on their Redskins mascot, the Chowchilla Union High School District board of trustees has voted to change their nickname to...

11/8/2016

article Chowchilla High changes Redskins mascot to Tribe
(California) -- Bowing to the new state ban on their Redskins mascot, the Chowchilla Union High School District board of trustees has voted to change their nickname to...

11/7/2016

article UND officials 'disgusted' by offensive T-shirt spotted at NDSU football game
(North Dakota) -- UND officials said they are “disgusted” by a vulgar T-shirt depicting a Native American and the university’s new Fighting Hawks logo...

10/28/2016

article Cheerleaders Display "Trail Of Tears" Banner Before Game Against Team With Indian Mascot
(Ohio) -- Tonight’s Ohio high school football game between the Greenfield-McClain Tigers and Hillsboro Indians featured this embarrassing banner presented by the...

10/27/2016

article Manhattan mascot may be replaced, but at high cost to school district
(Kansas) -- Manhattan High School’s 48-0 football win over Emporia High School Oct. 14 might have been the last homecoming with the current mascot. MHS, whose...

10/21/2016

article Yale criticized for use of Dartmouth Indian images
(Connecticut) -- On Oct. 8, Yale University’s program covers for the 100th Yale-Dartmouth football game featured Native American imagery that immediately drew...

10/12/2016

article Jays broadcaster Howarth hasn’t used Indians nickname in over 25 years
(Toronto) -- Blue Jays broadcaster Jerry Howarth won't be using the word "Indians" when he calls the American League Championship Series between Toronto...
article Keyport School District votes to keep Native American ‘Red Raiders’ mascot
(New Jersey) -- Keyport school officials have voted to keep a controversial Native American mascot, the Red Raider. The issue regarding the Indian Chief logo was raised...
article Yale apologizes for offensive Native American retro program imagery on Saturday's program cover
(Connecticut) -- Yale has apologized for its choice of past program covers for a historic program collage on the cover of its program for Saturday’s game vs....

10/11/2016

article Mascot debate continues at Belding Schools
(Michigan) -- Should Belding Area Schools keep the Redskins as their mascot? It's a debate that's been going on in the district for months, and the conversation...

10/10/2016

article Yale Apologizes For "Dehumanizing Images Of Redface" In Football Program
(Connecticut) -- Yale and Dartmouth played their 100th football game against each other this weekend. Yale won, 21-13, for their first win of the season, but the...

10/5/2016

article Native American mascots popular in Kansas high schools
(Kansas) -- Native American mascots are popular among Kansas high schools even as a national debate brews over whether they should be eliminated. The Manhattan Mercury...

9/22/2016

article California Today: The Debate Over Indian Mascots and Imagery
(California) -- Insults are just part of life in California, according to many Native Americans in the state. Last year, for example, there was the Senate candidate...
article Editorial: Mascot debate promises to be fair, open
(Massachusetts) -- The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee is trying hard to give everyone plenty of time and space to consider the Turners Falls High School “...

9/20/2016

article Competing calls to ditch, keep Turners Falls High School Indian mascot
(Massachusetts) -- A division has emerged this fall over whether Turners Falls High School should ditch its Indians mascot, with community members circulating dueling...

9/19/2016

article Belding school board discusses changing controversial mascot
(Michigan) -- Embrace a controversial mascot, or get rid of it? That's the question parents and school district leaders are trying to tackle in Belding. The district...

9/16/2016

article 'Scalp the Indians' homecoming float disassembled; Coweta Public Schools issues apology
(Oklahoma) -- Coweta Public Schools has apologized for a homecoming float that many parents and residents found offensive. Photos of the float depicting a dead Native...

9/9/2016

article Rally will push for abolition of "chieftain" mascot by Paw Paw schools
(Michigan) -- A rally and march are planned Saturday during the annual Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival to request the abolition of the "chieftain" mascot by...

8/24/2016

article The real history of Native American team names
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American team names mean honor and respect. That’s what executives of pro sports clubs often say. History tells a different story....

8/16/2016

article Teacher lobbying for Ontario schools to eliminate racist team names, mascots
(Ontario) -- Brampton teacher Debbie White is appealing to fellow teachers meeting in Toronto this week to join her fight to get rid of logos, mascots and sports team...

8/14/2016

article U of Illinois Can’t Shake Its “Hostile and Abusive” Chief Illiniwek Mascot. Is a Crackdown Coming?
(Illinois) -- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign banned its mascot, Chief Illiniwek, in 2007 after the NCAA deemed it portrayal of a Native American as...

8/8/2016

article A message for Exeter Chiefs rugby club from a member of the Crow Creek Dakota Sioux tribe
(UK) -- After the recent claims the Exeter Chiefs use of American Indian imagery is offensive to Native Americans, we asked Devon-based expert Dr Stephanie Pratt for her...

8/4/2016

article Exeter Chiefs urged to change 'offensive' name by Native American expert
(UK) -- Exeter Chiefs rugby club has been urged to change its name and stop "playing Indian" by an expert in Native American history. Dr Rachel Herrmann from...

8/3/2016

article Boise High logo covered up, district says it is 'disrespectful'
(Idaho) -- What was once a symbol of Boise High School is now a blank space. The school district decided to paint over the mural on their old gym a few weeks ago - a...

7/21/2016

article MORON ALERT: Baldwin High School keeps Native American mascot
(California) -- Keelie Johnson and Sidney Bryan are senior band members at Baldwin High School. Johnson said she bleeds black and red. “I love the band,”said...

7/20/2016

article Skowhegan schools keep ‘Indians’ mascot and stand for what they should oppose
(Maine) -- No one would deny that our education system is responsible for protecting environments that promote learning and development for all students. Yet this noble...

7/18/2016

article School district in Castlewood, SD, ditches Native American logo
(South Dakota) -- Another school district in South Dakota has decided to stop displaying Native American imagery in its school logo. The Castlewood School Board honored...

7/17/2016

article Castlewood School District ditches Native American logo
(South Dakota) -- Another school district in South Dakota has decided to stop displaying Native American imagery in its school logo. The Castlewood School Board honored...

6/27/2016

article Communication, Partnership Are Key To Strasburg's Decision To Keep 'Indians' Mascot
(Colorado) -- American Indian mascots draw controversy. They're most visible as the logos of sports teams… and some in Colorado call some of the symbols...

6/19/2016

article Longtime Cleveland American Indian Leader Explains the History of Cleveland logo to Longest Walk
(South Carolina) -- Robert Roche (Chiricahua Apache) is currently at the Longest Walk 5 based at the Waccamaw tribal grounds in Aynor, South Carolina, headed by Dennis...

6/17/2016

article Connections: The Shift Away From Native American Themes In Sports Mascots
(USA) -- The owners of the Cleveland Indians acknowledged recently that they pulling back from using "Chief Wahoo" as the team's main logo. That change is...

6/15/2016

article Curse of Chief Illiniwek?
(Illinois) -- February 21, 2007. A day in University of Illinois history that all true blue and orange fans know, and wish never happened: The Last Dance. Chief...

6/14/2016

article MORON ALERT: Removing Onteora mascot an injustice to Native Americans
(New York) -- Dear Editor: Those who chose to remove the Indian as the Onteora school district mascot have done the Native American community an injustice. By removing...

6/8/2016

article New Springfield AHL team won't be named Indians; name to be released next week
(Massachusetts) -- Ownership group member Paul Picknelly could not disclose what the name of Springfield's new AHL team would be, but he could eliminate a few...

5/20/2016

article Pentucket mulls using original Sachem symbol
(Connecticut) -- A change to the Pentucket Regional School District’s mascot could mean a return to the way things used to be. At a recent meeting, a majority of...

5/16/2016

article Offensive nickname? Just choose another word
(Illinois) -- Marist Principal Larry Tucker, while polite enough to return my call, was certain he couldn't help me. "I haven't thought about it in years,...
article Two Toronto-area schools pull sports teams’ indigenous imagery
(Toronto) -- Two Toronto-area high schools will be removing native imagery and names from their sports teams by the fall – part of a wider movement among educators...

5/14/2016

article Belding Area Schools and community review use of longtime mascot
(Michigan) -- A national debate has hit home for residents of Belding. The usage of Native American-derived mascots for sports teams has been debated for years, but a...

5/9/2016

article Symbol of pride or racism? Pentucket mascot debated
(Massachusetts) -- Despite which side of the debate they were on, most of the 40 or so people who attended a recent public hearing on whether to change the Pentucket...
article Bernstein: Illinois Considering Tougher Stand Against The Chief
(Illinois) -- Some powerful people at the University of Illinois are tired of their school being known more for scandal and divisive symbolism than academic excellence.
article Illini will come up with worthy mascot
(Illinois) -- When St. John’s University was forced to abandon its native American nickname, Redmen, several years ago, it not only came up with a new moniker, Red...

5/6/2016

article 2 Peel high schools to change Aboriginal sports team name, logos
(Toronto) -- One high school in Peel region is going to change the name of its sports teams, and another is going to change its team logos, because they are seen as...

5/5/2016

article Contest aims to replace Indian mascot in Onteora
(New York) -- The Onteora High School Student Government is conducting a contest to find a school mascot and team name that doesn’t involve a race of people. The...
article Time for Illinois to move on in mascot debate
(Illinois) -- At an Illinois basketball game this winter, I spent halftime with a student and his support team who decorated him in war paint and adorned him with a...

5/4/2016

article Illinois seeks new mascot 9 years after Chief Illiniwek's removal
(Illinois) -- Nine years after it retired Chief Illiniwek under pressure from the NCAA, the University of Illinois will begin the search for a new mascot, interim...

5/3/2016

article Native Americans, Del. high school alums debate appropriateness of 'Redskins' nickname
(Delaware) -- The nickname for the Conrad Schools of Science (Wilmington, Del.) may not be the Redskins for much longer. Following a contentious vote Monday night, a...
article Redskins name divides Conrad community
(Delaware) -- Conrad was one of hundreds of high schools across the country that called its sports teams the "Redskins" when it opened in 1935. At that point,...

5/2/2016

article Illinois to select new mascot; Chief Illiniwek backers 'not going to stop'
(Illinois) -- Having banned Chief Illiniwek in 2007 amid protests and in response to an NCAA edict, Illinois will select a new mascot for the university, interim...

5/1/2016

article Schools seek path forward on Native American names, symbols
(Colorado) -- Everybody wants to be a Cheyenne Mountain Indian, says student and tennis player Grace Cossin. As Grace points out, the 1,255-pupil school, on the west...

4/30/2016

article Schools seek path forward on Native American names, symbols
(Colorado) -- Everybody wants to be a Cheyenne Mountain Indian, says student and tennis player Grace Cossin. As Grace points out, the 1,255-pupil school, on the west...

4/25/2016

article Tribune opinion: Native American mascot issue not going away any time soon
(Colorado) -- Twice the Colorado legislature has tried to address Native American mascots in Colorado’s public schools. Twice it has failed. But make no mistake,...

4/24/2016

article Betty Heath: Respect and honor
(Colorado) -- This morning I was reading about the public school mascot debate that began several months ago.
article MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Time to talk about Montana's school mascots
(Montana) -- Stereotype: a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group. – Dictionary.com
article Springs-area schools seek path forward on Native American names, symbols
(Colorado) -- Everybody wants to be a Cheyenne Mountain Indian, says student and tennis player Grace Cossin.

4/21/2016

article A Word With The Exec Of The Colorado Commission Of Indian Affairs On The School Mascots Report
(Colorado) -- A Colorado commission studying American Indian representations in public schools released a report that recommends that schools not use American Indian...
article Q & A: Engaging Schools in Native American Mascots and Imagery
(Colorado) -- The Governor's commission studying American Indian representations in public schools released its report this week. The group recommends that public...
article Tulare Union High trustees mull mascot options
(California) -- The Tulare Joint Union High School District board on Thursday took up the issue of choosing a new mascot for the school but is far from making a decision...

4/20/2016

article Colorado panel urges schools to drop Native American mascots
(Colorado) -- Colorado officials and tribal leaders are urging public schools to eliminate Native American mascots unless they partner with tribes, calling it a unique...
article Colorado public schools should drop American Indian mascots ASAP, commission says
(Colorado) -- After five months of meetings and “heart-to-hearts,” a commission created by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has concluded that all...
article Lamar "Savages" sound off after the state recommends ditching their mascot
(Colorado) -- The state has made a push to get rid of American Indian mascots in Colorado's public high schools. This comes after a five-month study by a Colorado...

4/19/2016

article End Indian Mascots In Colo. Public Schools, Governor's Panel Says
(Colorado) -- A commission set up by Gov. John Hickenlooper is strongly urging the elimination of derogatory and offensive Indian mascots and imagery in Colorado's...
article Native American mascot commission a model for nation
(Colorado) -- Members of a commission that studied Native American mascots in schools on Monday reported success, blazing the way for a national effort. Gov. John...
article Calaveras narrows new nickname choices
(California) -- After months of gathering community surveys and suggestions, Calaveras High School has narrowed the search for a new school nickname. On Monday, TV...
article Fox Personalities Dismiss Concerns Over Offensive Native American Mascots
(New York) -- HEATHER NAUERT (CO-HOST): Public schools in Colorado are now being urged to remove all Native American mascots and other symbols from their campuses unless...

4/18/2016

article Colorado panel urges schools to drop Native American mascots
(Colorado) -- Colorado officials and tribal leaders are urging public schools to eliminate Native American mascots unless they partner with tribes, calling it a unique...
article Colorado Schools, Indian Tribe Come Together Over Controversial Mascots
(Colorado) -- For years students at Strasburg High east of Denver have called themselves the "Indians" on the football field and the volleyball court. But...
article Commission to schools: Eliminate Native American mascots or work with tribes
(Colorado) -- Eliminate them or make a change. That's the official recommendation to Colorado schools who have American Indian mascots. The Commission to Study...
article Report: Colorado public schools should end American Indian mascots
(Colorado) -- Five months of heart-to-hearts between American Indians and schools have convinced local experts that Colorado public schools should eliminate all American...

4/13/2016

article Exposure to American Indian mascots activates stereotypes
(Montana) -- Ethnic brand imagery, including American Indian mascots, can strengthen stereotypes, causing detrimental societal consequences, according to a newly...
article Native American nickname at South Dakota school scrapped
(South Dakota) -- The days of the Woonsocket Redmen are over. The Woonsocket School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to enter into a cooperative agreement with Sanborn...

4/7/2016

article Petition Asks School Board to Retire Skowhegan Indian Mascot
(Maine) -- The ongoing controversy over Skowhegan Area High School’s mascot took yet another turn Thursday night. Maulian Smith, the daughter of the former chief...
article School board receives petition on retiring Skowhegan Indians nickname, mascot
(Maine) -- A Penobscot woman from Indian Island delivered on her promise of a petition Thursday night to the local school board, saying it was time for the district to...

4/6/2016

article Daughter of Former Penobscot Chief To Request Skowhegan Area High School to Drop Indian Nickname
(Maine) -- The daughter of the former chief of the Penobscot tribe plans to formally request that Skowhegan Area High School drop its Indians nickname and mascot....
article Petition drive urges Skowhegan to change Indians nickname
(Maine) -- The years-long debate over whether Skowhegan Area High School should continue to use its Indians mascot and nickname is continuing despite a school board vote...

4/5/2016

article East Bay school defends name change from 'Indians' to 'Warriors'
(California) -- An East Bay high school won't back down from its new mascot. In February, John Swett High School went from "The Indians" to "The...
article Petition drive urges Skowhegan to change Indians nickname
(Maine) -- The years-long debate over whether Skowhegan Area High School should continue to use its Indians mascot and nickname is continuing despite a school board vote...

4/3/2016

article Students must eliminate lingering presence of the chief
(Illinois) -- For the past nine years, we have been without a mascot here at the University of Illinois. However, while the Chief might not be dancing before basketball...

4/2/2016

article O’Connor recommends abandoning Redmen
(Massachusetts) -- “Let it go. Rebrand the high school.” Audible gasps raced through the Tewksbury Memorial High School library during last week’s...

3/25/2016

article A South Dakota school district on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that dropped its Midgets nickname has chosen a new moniker
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota school district on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that dropped its Midgets nickname because it was offensive to people of short...

3/24/2016

article Redmen still reign in Tewksbury; board votes to keep Native American moniker
(Massachusetts) -- The School Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday night to keep the high school's team mascot as the "Redmen," a moniker some argued is...

3/22/2016

article The University of Wisconsin’s Point Guard Says Change the Mascot
(Wisconsin) --  On January 11, 2015, Bronson Koenig, backup point guard for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, was thrust into a starting role for...

3/17/2016

article Albuquerque activist group calls university’s official seal racist
(New Mexico) -- Some students at the University of New Mexico want the university to throw out the school’s official seal. They said it’s racist and hurtful...

3/9/2016

article UI panel: Is it time for a mascot?
(Illinois) -- New athletic director, new football coach — time for a mascot? Nine years after Chief Illiniwek was officially retired, an Illinois Student Senate...

3/8/2016

article 'We are not your mascots, we are human beings,' Jesse Wente says on Metro Morning
(Toronto) -- CBC Radio film critic Jesse Wente speaks out against the use of indigenous names and symbols by both professional and smaller sports teams, in response to a...

3/7/2016

article These Hats Put Racist Sports Logos in Perfect Context
(USA) -- Would you proudly wear a ball cap with “New York Jews” or “San Francisco Chinamen” emblazoned on it? Probably not, right? The hats in...
article Indian People Organizing for Change Demands the Removal of High School Mascot
(California) -- Native American organization; Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC), Co-Founder and Lead Organizer , Corrina Gould demands the removal of the...
article Tribal law conference to explore American Indian sports mascots
(Kansas) -- American Indian law scholars and advocates will gather in Lawrence this week to discuss legal issues surrounding the use of images of American Indians as...

3/6/2016

article MORON ALERT: Illinois students try to keep Chief alive despite decades of criticism
(Illinois) -- In a quiet corridor of the State Farm Center, Illinois junior Omar Cruz stood stoically, arms folded in front of his chest, as orange, blue and white paint...

3/4/2016

article CHS under fire for Native American halftime dance
(Utah) -- Last Friday’s halftime performance by the Mohey Tawa Cedar High School drill team has drawn criticisms for the depiction of Native American dress and...

3/1/2016

article Mi’kmaq man launches human rights case over ‘offensive’ team logos
(Ontario) -- A Mississauga man has launched a human rights complaint against the City of Mississauga over what he calls their support for sports teams with names and...
article Toronto Star Column Defends Racist Logos By Being Weirdly Racist
(Toronto) -- The Toronto Jews crest is the most gorgeous team logo in sports, vibrant and proud. Only the bullies and bureaucrats of grievance could possibly find...
article Utah school district cites ‘supportive relationship’ with Paiute Tribe after backlash over Native American-themed halftime dance
(Utah) -- A recent halftime performance by the Cedar High School drill team is generating accusations of insensitivity for its depiction of Native American dress and...

2/26/2016

article Mascot battle ongoing in SD
(South Dakota) -- Enter the Woonsocket School and there are few references to the school's long-time nickname. Aside from a few banners, two floor mats found at the...

2/25/2016

article HS Adjusting to New Nickname After 'Redskins' Switch
(New York) -- Can you imagine just finishing up your senior year of high school and being told that you will be the first class ever to graduate with no mascot name?...

2/22/2016

article Lawmakers advance derogatory mascot ban
(South Dakota) -- A legislative panel approved a measure Monday that would prohibit South Dakota school districts from using athletic team names, mascots or nicknames...

2/18/2016

article U. of Illinois' Chief Illiniwek mascot lives on at school despite ban
(Illinois) -- Chief Illiniwek, the former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign mascot, was banned by the NCAA in 2007 for being “hostile and abusive”...

2/17/2016

article Calaveras nickname change coming
(California) -- The process of selecting a new mascot to represent Calaveras High School is moving along, as another California high school has announced its decision to...

2/9/2016

article In Amesbury, 'Indian' mascot has its defenders
(Massachusetts) -- Ronald McIntyre was a sophomore tight end/linebacker for the Amesbury High School football team when it rolled into Newburyport for the 1979...

2/7/2016

article Edmonton Eskimos must change offensive name, Inuit leader says
(Edmonton) -- There are growing calls for the Edmonton Eskimos to change their name. On Friday the Ottawa Citizen published an editorial calling the name offensive to...

2/6/2016

article Mascot Meeting: Should it stay or should it go?
(Massachusetts) -- An estimated five hundred Tewksbury residents attended the public forum at the Tewksbury Memorial High School gym to discuss the ongoing mascot debate...
article The Mascot should go
(Massachusetts) -- Though they were the visible minority, critics of the Tewksbury Redmen mascot stood their ground at the open forum inside the TMHS Gymnasium before...
article The Mascot should stay
(Massachusetts) -- The bleachers at the Tewksbury Memorial High School were packed tight with residents adorned in the traditional mascot and symbol of the Tewksbury...

1/31/2016

article After Mascot Ban at CT High School - Parent Designs ‘F*ck You’ Finger Headdress T-Shirt
(Connecticut) -- Soon after a Native mascot image ban at two West Hartford Connecticut high schools in 2015, a Conard Chieftain high school parent alumni created a t-...
article It’s no Confederate flag, but our banner is still pretty awful
(Massachusetts) -- It took the slaughter of nine innocents, but finally, in South Carolina and elsewhere in Dixie, the Confederate flag is being treated as the throwback...
article My Voice: Native American mascots are not OK
(South Dakota) -- My name is Mato Standing Soldier, and I’m a senior at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls. Recently, a letter I wrote was published in my school...
article Passion rules Tewksbury mascot debate
(Massachusetts) -- With roughly 400 people looking on from the Tewksbury Memorial High School gymnasium bleachers Wednesday, Jan. 27, more than 40 Tewksbury residents...

1/26/2016

article MORON ALERT: Improving lives of Native Americans has nothing to do with mascots
(Massachusetts) -- Removing Native American nicknames and logos from schools and sports teams is a misguided concern. People calling for changes are rarely Native...
article Mohawk High School Indian Mascot May Stay
(Oregon) -- Some Oregon public schools will be allowed to keep their Native American Mascots…at least for now. The State Board of Education last week said that...
article Amherst College drops Lord Jeff mascot
(Massachusetts) -- The school's longtime unofficial mascot Lord Jeff -- based on Jeffery Amherst, the 18th-century military commander -- has fallen out of favor with...
article Amherst College Drops ‘Lord Jeff’ as Mascot
(Massachusetts) -- Lord Jeffery Amherst, the colonial-era military commander who gave this town its name, will no longer represent the prestigious liberal arts college...

1/25/2016

article Days after board meeting, Amherst College declines to comment on Lord Jeff mascot
(Massachusetts) -- The future of Lord Jeff, Amherst College's unofficial mascot, remains unknown two days after the end of a trustees meeting that was expected to...

1/24/2016

article The Daily Show Made This Town Change Its Racist Town Seal
(New York) -- Whitesboro, New York, finally rang in the 21st century this week when, ridiculed by the country and shunned by the civilized world, it ultimately decided...
article Whitesboro, N.Y., in Reversal, Will Change a Logo Called Racist
(New York) -- The official seal of the Village of Whitesboro in central New York, depicting a wrestling match between the community’s founding father and the local...

1/23/2016

article In Amesbury, Indian mascot gets second look
(Massachusetts) -- It is a subject that has the ability to divide a room very quickly, it is also a subject that refuses to die. Should the Amesbury High School mascot...
article Whitesboro Seal May Soon Change, Is The Image Historic Or Racist?
(New York) -- Whitesboro seal is getting a makeover. The New York village received a massive amount of backlash after the seal was showcased on The Daily Show. Residents...
article N.Y. village concedes to national pressures, changes official seal
(New York) -- An upstate New York village reversed its earlier decision to keep its controversial official seal, depicting a white man and Native American in hand-to-...
article National pressure makes village abandon its controversial town seal
(New York) -- Whitesboro, New York, will officially change its town seal after many called it racist. Critics of the seal, which appears to show a white man choking a...
article Whitesboro drops 'racist' seal: Sign of the times for Native Americans?
(New York) -- A decades-long debate over the Whitesboro, N.Y., seal has led to 'victory' for Native Americans who said it was offensive to their heritage. Are...
article Whitesboro, N.Y., in Reversal, Will Change a Logo Called Racist
(New York) -- The official seal of the Village of Whitesboro in central New York, depicting a wrestling match between the community’s founding father and the local...

1/20/2016

article Education board to consider Indian mascot exception
(Oregon) -- After four years of debate, the Oregon Board of Education is poised to consider a compromise Thursday to its strict policy banning American Indian mascots....

1/18/2016

article Future of Tewksbury Redmen mascot up for debate
(Massachusetts) -- For decades, athletes at Tewksbury Memorial High School have called themselves Redmen, proudly wearing sweat shirts and jackets that display the...

1/17/2016

article Seesequasis: Images like Whitesboro's official seal dehumanize indigenous peoples
(Canada) -- Thanks to mascots on sports jerseys, headdresses on lingerie models and offensive language in clothing lines, the issue of indigenous representation comes up...

1/16/2016

article Churchill: Wrestling with history in Whitesboro, New York
(New York) -- When I meet someone new, I will often challenge them to an amicable wrestle. There's no better way to make a new friend. All awkwardness disappears...
article People of Whitesboro defend their controversial village seal (video)
(New York) -- It's been a rough week for Whitesboro. The village, located in Oneida County has been propelled into the national spotlight due to their controversial...

1/13/2016

article 'The Daily Show' gave Whitesboro logos for village vote on 'racist' seal
(New York) -- Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" provided serious and "mock" designs of possible village logos to Whitesboro for the village's...
article Old village seal becomes 2016 tussle
(New York) -- Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" had a hand in an upstate village's vote on whether to change its longtime logo, which has been called...
article Whitesboro mayor speaks out on why village used 'The Daily Show' logo designs
(New York) -- With national attention now focused on the Oneida County community of Whitesboro and its controversial village seal, Mayor Patrick O'Connor has...

1/12/2016

article A Village Named Whitesboro Votes to Keep Its Insanely Racist Seal
(New York) -- Yay, democracy? Residents of the aptly named New York village of Whitesboro, in the town of Whitestown, voted Monday to keep their controversial village...
article Comedy show had role in vote on village's criticized seal
(New York) -- Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" had a hand in an upstate New York village's vote on whether to change its long-time logo, which has...
article Poll: Should Whitesboro change its seal?
(New York) -- The Whitesboro village seal is the focal point of controversy, once again. The seal depicts village founder Hugh White with his hands on a member of the...

1/11/2016

article MORON ALERT: New York village votes to keep emblem labeled racist against Native Americans
(New York) -- Those looking to stamp out an image labelled offensive and racist were disappointed when a central New York village voted to keep its controversial seal....
article Upstate Village of Whitesboro Votes Overwhelmingly to Keep Logo Criticized as Racist
(New York) -- Residents of a central New York village want to keep their logo that has been called racist and offensive because it appears to show a white man choking a...
article Whitesboro residents vote to keep controversial 'racist' village seal
(New York) -- Whitesboro residents voted Monday night to keep the village's controversial seal, rather than replace it with a new image. Of 212 votes cast, 157 of...
article Sachem mascot to be studied
(Massachusetts) -- Two alumni and a current Pentucket junior say the Sachem mascot is a racist symbol that must be changed before the district can ever truly consider...

1/5/2016

article Goshen retires Redskins, begins using RedHawks
(Indiana) -- Goshen Community Schools has retired its nearly 90-year-old Redskins nickname following action by the school board last year. The Goshen school district...

12/30/2015

article MORON ALERT: 'Redmen' name symbolizes town's history, best values
(Massachusetts) -- I am writing in response to the article printed in The Sun on Dec. 27, regarding the use of the name Redmen by Tewksbury High School. I am neither a...

12/27/2015

article Critics: Time has passed for 'Redmen'
(Massachusetts) -- What's in a name? In Tewksbury, it depends who you ask. In recent years, Tewksbury Memorial High School's athletic teams mascot, the "...

12/23/2015

article Switch from 'Redskins' to 'RedHawks' underway at Goshen High School
(Indiana) -- While Goshen Community Schools students and staff enjoy a two-week Christmas Break, crews at the high school and middle school have been hard at work,...

12/22/2015

article Point of View: The push to eradicate 'offensive' nicknames
(Oklahoma) -- Are there any politically correct nicknames left? Or does every school in the United States have to call itself the Tigers, or the Lions? But maybe those...

12/18/2015

article Controversy brews around Native American imagery in Northmen logo
(Michigan) -- When the Petoskey High School football team takes the field, their helmets are emblazed with a feathered spear. Students walking the halls wear T-shirts...

12/13/2015

article The Edmonton Eskimos’ name debate opens a larger discussion about naming and reconciliation
(Edmonton) -- During the recent debate about the Edmonton Eskimos and the team’s controversial name, one opinion emerged again and again: we have more important...
article 17-year-old helps Native Americans stay in school, wins against racist school mascots
(California) -- When Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown sees a wrong, he doesn’t wait for someone else to do something about it. He takes action.

12/12/2015

article Performance art challenges public's perception of indigenous stereotypes
(Colorado) -- It's a photo that was making the rounds on social media recently. The image is of a fully dressed Plains Indian — with headdress — sitting...

12/9/2015

article Worst Team Nicknames
(Washington) -- In my household, there are certain words that are not uttered. The couple of most obvious ones my kids hear on a regular basis from their salty-mouthed...

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