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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

11/24/2014

article Shirt stirring controversy ahead big game update
(Michigan) -- Football isn't the only thing people are talking about heading into the big Central-Western weekend. Shirts that depict a Native American behind bars...

11/17/2014

article Speaker at OU says it’s time to get rid of racist mascots
(Oklahoma) -- "The mascot has got to go." The mascot refers to various Native-American symbols used as identifiers for many sports teams across the U.S. The...

11/16/2014

article Dr. Treuer Says All Indian Mascots for Sports Teams Should Be Banned
(Ohio) -- Dr. Anton Treuer, the executive director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, thinks all Indian references, as sports mascots,...

11/11/2014

article Cheboygan schools update Chiefs logo
(Wisconsin) -- Cheboygan Area High School, CAHS, will be getting a new logo, replacing the long-time profile of a Native American chief head designed by the late Jim...
article Cloquet: Pep rally skit depicting DeLaSalle mascot decried as racist
(Minnesota) -- A pep-rally skit became the subject of a heated debate over racist attitudes Monday during a Cloquet school board meeting. At issue was a skit acted out...
article U. says it’s making good on pact with Ute tribe
(Utah) -- Fewer fans are showing up to University of Utah football games in headdresses, warpaint or other culturally-insensitive getups. University leaders pointed to...

11/7/2014

article Schools & tribes working together on mascot issue
(Oregon) -- After the last legislative session in March, Oregon Governor John Kitzaber signed a bill that would allow schools to keep their Native American imagery and...

11/6/2014

article Denver Post: Too far on Indian names, mascots
(Colorado) -- It is appalling that a few Colorado schools continue to cling to offensive American Indian mascot names, but a solution being proposed by state Sen. Joe...

11/5/2014

article Texas school bans shirt with alleged pro-rape slogans
(Texas) -- The questionable Native American mascot on t-shirts issued to Texas’s Arlington Martin High School football team wasn’t the only thing that could...

10/30/2014

article Texas school bans controversial T-shirt for possible rape message
(Texas) -- A North Texas school district has banned a controversial high school football team t-shirt with the phrases "Shhhhhhh just let it happen" and "...

10/27/2014

article Chiefs game day drum will be blessed, and more Native American Heritage Months events
(Missouri) -- The Chiefs announced several events for Sunday's Chiefs-Jets game in connection with Native American Heritage Month, including a blessing of the Chiefs...
article COLUMN: One rotten Chief spoils the barrel
(Illinois) -- It’s been nearly a decade since Chief Illiniwek’s final halftime dance. So, I was surprised and alarmed to see a version of the infamous Chief...
press release Chiefs to Honor American Indian Heritage Month Leading Up to Game on Sunday
(Missouri) -- The Kansas City Chiefs and the American Indian Community Working Group, in association with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains, will celebrate...

10/24/2014

article Seeing red: Legislator promises bill that would endanger Native American mascots across Colorado, including Eaton Reds
(Colorado) -- About 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday, nearly 200 protesters took to the streets of Eaton over the high school’s mascot. It was May 18, 2002, and the only...

10/14/2014

article Native American activist puts mascots in the penalty box
(Illinois) -- In the midst of the recent controversy surrounding the Washington football team, Charlene Teters, a Native American artist, professor, and lecturer,...
article Walker: Team’s new nickname demonstrates respect
(New York) -- I recently became the head coach of a Lancaster youth baseball team that my son has played on the past two years.

10/8/2014

article Group again asks Nike to stop use of Native American mascot logos
(Oregon) -- A Native American group on Saturday again protested at Nike's World Headquarters over the sportswear giant's inclusion of Chief Wahoo and other...
article Is it offensive to a Native American tribe for sports teams to use their names?
(USA) -- Is it offensive for sports teams to use the names of Native American tribes? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get...
article Bullying Native American Children through Racial Mascots
(USA) -- One year ago, the National Congress of American Indians released a report on the harmful effects of Indian sports mascots like the ones used by the Washington,...

9/25/2014

article MORON ALERT: Harlandale has the Best High School Mascot
(Texas) -- The word can be traced back to France, where it was used to described something that brought luck to a household.* What are we talking about? -- MASCOTS.

9/23/2014

article BLOG: A Super-Simple, Step-by-Step Guide to Determine if Your Team Mascot Is Offensive
(USA) -- There has been a lot of debate in the news about whether the team name of the Washington N.F.L. team is racially offensive and ought to be changed. On Friday,...

9/19/2014

article Aniak Halfbreeds? Proud name; Washington Redskins? Racist slur
(Alaska) -- On Nov. 2 the Washington Redskins will play the Minnesota Vikings in a National Football League game. That the Vikings have a running back who switched his...
article Feds toss Mich. complaint to ban Indian mascots
(Michigan) -- American Indian mascots, names and imagery will stay in Michigan schools for now. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has...
article Native American Activists Slam Winterhawks Logo As Racist
(Oregon) -- Native American activists see the logo of the Portland Winterhawks as offensive and are demanding the team make a change. “Mascotry has to stop,...
article Warroad school district to re-dedicate logo
(Minnesota) -- Warroad School District is holding a re-dedication of its Warroad Warrior name and logo, according to the district.

9/17/2014

article Native Americans file claim over AT&T Park dustup
(California) -- Two San Francisco Giants fans filed legal claims Tuesday against the city over what they described as police brutality as they were forcibly ejected from...
article Neshaminy adviser suspended over newspaper's word ban
(Pennsylvania) -- The faculty adviser for Neshaminy High School's student newspaper was suspended for two days this week in what appeared to be the latest turn in a...

9/16/2014

article Native Americans Ejected from Giants Game Move to Sue San Francisco
(California) -- Two Native Americans who were ejected from Native American Heritage Night at the Giants' AT&T Park after a dispute over a headdress have filed...
article Native Americans File Claim Against San Francisco After Getting Ejected From Giants’ Native American Night At AT&T Park
(California) -- Two Native Americans ejected from the San Francisco Giants’ Native American Heritage Night at AT&T Park have filed claims against the city...
article Native Americans Suing Cops Over Headdress Fracas Release List of Demands
(California) -- The two Native American Giants fans who were tossed from a game earlier this summer are not only suing the city for "police brutality" but they...
article CHARLES: School Those Ignorant Fans With Their Trail of Tears Sign
(USA) -- They say a "watched pot never boils." But that's not entirely true. Of course a watched pot boils, it's just that intently watching a pot of...

9/15/2014

article Mask that inspired Seahawk’s logo coming to Seattle
(Washington) -- The Native American mask that inspired the Seahawks logo is coming to Seattle. The two-foot-long cedar eagle mask dates back to the late 19th Century....
article Lancaster Takes Public Input on "Redskins" Nickname
(New York) -- Sixty-seven years ago, the Lancaster School District adopted the "Redskins" nickname for their sports teams.

9/14/2014

article Debate over Redskins name is reignited in Lancaster
(New York) -- Chatter is growing in Lancaster about getting rid of the school district’s Redskins name and mascot. The Lancaster Bee in July stopped using Redskins...

9/10/2014

article Lawmaker discusses proposal to require schools to get approval or change Indian-themed mascots
(Colorado) -- A Colorado legislator discussed a law proposal Wednesday that would require public schools to change Indian-themed mascots that the Native American...

9/8/2014

article Legislation Would Deny Funding To Schools With Unauthorized Native American Mascots
(Colorado) -- Schools that use nicknames based on Native American names or imagery must seek tribes’ permission or lose funding under a bill proposed by a Colorado...

9/5/2014

article 538: The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren’t Talking About
(USA) -- When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew...
article Indian mascots popular in Iowa
(Iowa) -- As debate rages nationally around the name of the Washington Redskins' football team, American Indian names remain popular among Iowa high school teams,...

9/3/2014

article Student, tribe member to portray OU mascot
(Kansas) -- A historic figure representing Ottawa University will be seen near the Franklin County Courthouse this weekend.

9/2/2014

article Bill would require school mascots get approval from the Indian community or risk losing funding
(Colorado) -- A state lawmaker wants Colorado schools with American Indian mascots to get approval to continue using them from the Native American community. If the...

9/1/2014

article Coachella Valley High drops mascot that offended Arab Americans
(California) -- For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy beard and wearing a headscarf...

8/29/2014

article The Dalles becomes latest Oregon school to drop Native American mascot
(Oregon) -- One less Oregon high school will have a Native American mascot this year. The Dalles High School, known for years as the Indians until merging with cross-...

8/27/2014

article Take a Little Stroll Down ‘Redskin’s Drive,’ Newly Named Road in Maine
(Maine) -- As the movement to end the use of the Washington football team’s racist name grows across the country, one small town in Maine is headed in the opposite...

8/22/2014

article Maine town renames street 'Redskin's Drive'
(Maine) -- Officials in a Maine town are renaming a road after the local high school's former mascot, which was changed because some people found it offensive.
article MORON ALERT: Wiscasset names road after old school mascot
(Maine) -- Many people in the United States, including trademark authorities in the federal government, consider the word an offensive racial slur – a leftover from...

8/20/2014

article Lawsuit threat dropped by Bellecourt's group
(Minnesota) -- Clyde Bellecourt and his cohorts caved in on the Warroad Warriors after a meeting with Henry Boucha on Monday. Basically, Bellecourt's group released...

8/18/2014

article Group drops legal threats over Warroad Warriors logo
(Minnesota) -- Residents from Warroad, Minn., have spoken and an organization threatening to sue its school district over the use of an American Indian logo, the...
article Respect the Person, Not the Logo: The Psychological Effects of Racist Symbols in Sports
(USA) -- According to a 2001 poll of Native Americans in the United States conducted by Indian Country Today, a Native American community news source, 81 percent of...

8/17/2014

article Group threatens suit against Warroad school’s Indian logo: Coalition says such logos are discriminatory; Ojibwe athlete disagrees
(Minnesota) -- A national organization is threatening to sue the Warroad school district over its use of an American Indian mascot, the Warriors.

8/11/2014

article Hampton Stevens: Kansas City Chiefs should lead the way and take a new name
(Missouri) -- Kansas City's NFL franchise should change its name. It should do it now, before the Washington Redskins are forced to change.

8/8/2014

article The Chiefs Are Buddying Up To Native American Groups
(Missouri) -- Whether it be for self-preservation or just out of an admirable instinct to do the right thing, the Kansas City Chiefs are making a concerted effort to...

8/7/2014

article Some local American Indians hope the Kansas City Chiefs will work with them
(Missouri) -- The Kansas City Chiefs kicked off their first preseason game Thursday. It came as some questioned the culture surrounding the team’s name.

8/6/2014

article Lyons: Some other fun ideas for school mascots
(Florida) -- Next time a local high school needs a sports-team name, mascot and logo to promote the all-important school spirit, I have fun suggestions. How about the...
article To avoid a cultural free-for-all, Chiefs form alliance with American Indian groups
(Missouri) -- The fight is approaching in the distance, and the Chiefs have found a friend. This is smart business, and with the right breaks can be something more...

8/1/2014

article Cleveland 'Caucasians' shirt becomes a hit on native reserves
(Canada) -- In June, DJ NDN of the Canadian band A Tribe Called Red (a.k.a. Ian Campeau of Ottawa) was accused of racism and hypocrisy when he wore a shirt bearing the...
article Indian Education Association opposes Berlin's continuing use of Indian mascot
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Indian Education Association is running three ads over the next week in the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper to keep attention on an upcoming...

7/31/2014

article School Board hears request to change Venice 'Indian' mascots
(Florida) -- Sports teams in Atlanta, Cleveland, Kansas City and Washington, D.C., among other cities, have faced criticism that their mascots are offensive to Native...

7/28/2014

article Report: Stereotyped Mascots Harmfully Effecting Native American Youth
(USA) -- A recent report prepared by The Center for American Progress found stereotypical team mascots have a harmful effect on American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

7/24/2014

article Flap over Redskins nickname raises concerns at high school level
(Indiana) -- Tradition plays a major role in Anderson High School's identity. From the chieftain and maiden's traditional halftime dance at home basketball games...

7/23/2014

article Should Louisiana high schools with Indian mascots consider changing them? (Poll)
(Louisiana) -- The push the remove the Redskins mascot in Washington has spread to the high school level. On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress issued a report...

7/22/2014

article Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Native Mascots and Team Names on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth
(Washington D.C.) -- The debate over the racist name and mascot of the professional football team based in the nation’s capital, the “Redskins,” has...
article Racist names, mascots are harmful to American Indian and Alaska Native youth, says Center for American Progress
(Washington D.C.) -- Racist names and mascots can have harmful, negative effects on young American Indian and Alaska Native children, says a new report by the Center for...
article Report: Indian mascots hurt Native American children
(Washington D.C.) -- A report from the Center for American Progress released on Tuesday calls on state and federal boards of education to enforce civil rights...

7/9/2014

article San Francisco Giants considering ban on culturally insensitive attire
(California) -- The San Francisco Giants are considering a policy that could prohibit fans from wearing items such as fake headdresses in what American Indian activist...

7/2/2014

article EDITORIAL: Blackhawk Down — Army Chopper Names Not Racist
(New York) -- Political Correctness: Despite the latest example of word-use insanity, naming a helicopter after the Indian nation that handed the U.S. Army one of its...

7/1/2014

article San Antonio Native Americans support local mascot name: Harlandale Indians
(Texas) -- Some San Antonio Native Americans have definite opinions about school mascots portraying Indians. They support schools like Harlandale High School. It’s...

6/30/2014

article Local American Indians Group Supports “Chiefs” Name
(Missouri) -- In light of the ruling by the U.S. Patent Office to revoke the name of “Redskins” there has been thought the name change debate may arrive in...
article Local American Indians on the Chiefs' Name
(Missouri) -- The U.S. Patent Office revoked the Washington Redskins’ trademark, which has some Kansas City sports fans concerned about the fate of the Kansas City...
article Is 'Apache' offensive? Writer says Army's naming tradition no better than NFL's Washington Redskin
(USA) -- The U.S. military's use of Native American names for weapons and machinery is as offensive as the use of "Redskins" to refer to Washington's...

6/26/2014

article Woman behind fight against Washington’s NFL nickname says Chiefs should be on guard
(Kansas) -- The fight took a monumental shift at a protest nine years at Arrowhead Stadium and it’s about to come full circle. No matter what you think of the...
article Redskins ... Indians ... Will Native Americans target the Chiefs next?
(Missouri) -- The Washington Redskins were stripped of their trademark and thrust into the crosshairs of the Capital Beltway. The Cleveland Indians are at the center of...
article Redskins case plaintiff asks for Chiefs to change name
(Washington D.C.) -- First, the Redskins. Now, the Chiefs. Amanda Blackstone, the plaintiff in the case that saw the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rule against the...
article School board of majority Native American district votes to keep ‘Redskins’
(Washington) -- Many school districts that use the name “Redskins” have wound up in the news in recent days. Here’s a summary.

6/25/2014

article Neshaminy panel backs revised policy on 'Redskin'
(Pennsylvania) -- Better. But still not good enough. That's how Gillian McGoldrick, editor-in-chief of Neshaminy High School's Playwickian, views the revised...

6/24/2014

article 'Redskin' controversy continues for Neshaminy editors
(Pennsylvania) -- The student editors overseeing Neshaminy High School's newspaper have routine summer plans. Gillian McGoldrick will work at Rita's Water Ice....

6/23/2014

article Standing brave and tall in El Cajon
(California) -- Michelle Talmadge is truly a Brave woman, thoroughly proud of being a graduate of El Cajon Valley High School.

6/18/2014

article Blackhawks name hasn't been as controversial as Redskins
(Illinois) -- The Chicago Blackhawks declined to comment about the Washington Redskins’ loss of trademark protection Wednesday, but an expert said there’s...
article Flap over "R" word flares anew at Bucks school
(Pennsylvania) -- The battle between student editors and administrators at Neshaminy High School over banning the word Redskin from the school newspaper was thrust back...
article One Clever T-Shirt Shows the Irony of When a Racist Logo Gets Turned on White People
(USA) -- What's in a T-shirt? Turns out, quite a lot. Using little more than the shirts on their backs, award-winning Canadian band A Tribe Called Red just sent a...
article Vallejo school board nixes Chieftain mascot
(California) -- The Vallejo school board voted Wednesday to once again remove a Native-American symbol as one of its school mascots. Solano Middle School, formerly the...

6/14/2014

article American Indian mascots: Level of debate raised
(Ohio) -- The PC on the helmets and hats is not an acronym for politically correct. It stands for Port Clinton. Port Clinton is one of 22 Ohio public schools identified...

6/12/2014

article A Tribe Called Red DJ accused of being ‘racist hypocrite’ for T-shirt
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa DJ trio A Tribe Called Red have been accused of racism and at least one individual is threatening to boycott Westfest because the band is set to...

6/2/2014

article American Indian high schools cling to ‘Redskins’ nickname
(Washington D.C.) -- As superintendent of the Red Mesa Unified School District in northeastern Arizona, Tommie Yazzie believes its schools’ use of the Redskins...

5/22/2014

article Native Sun News: Indian students at UND protest racist t-shirts
(North Dakota) -- A photo posted on Twitter has pushed the longstanding frustrations of the Native American student population at the University of North Dakota to a...

5/19/2014

article OP/ED: Native Americans: We're not your mascots
(New York) -- I once wondered why we indigenous peoples of North America must break it down when it comes to why something is anti-Native American.

5/14/2014

article Sports Logo Change, But the Racism Stays the Same (A Visual Timeline)
(USA) -- In a chart earlier this month, USA Today took a look at the use of Native American iconography in popular sports team logos over time (sorry, no one cares about...

5/7/2014

article While the U. has Utes’ blessing, other tribes at odds with Indian mascots
(Utah) -- Mascots die hard. Across the nation, a debate rages about whether sports teams at any level — high school, college or professional — should use...

5/6/2014

article School Board Votes To Force Student Newspaper To Use The Term ‘Redskins’. Wait, What?
(Pennsylvania) -- So according to Capital News Service statistics, there are 62 high schools still using the “Redskins” nickname for their sports teams,...

4/27/2014

article Redzone Publishing & Sooner Spectator Release Third Native American Issue
(Oklahoma) -- Thousands of Native American students representing dozens of different tribes from across the country have attended the University of Oklahoma over the...

4/26/2014

article Wharton: It’s past time to abolish prep Native American mascots
(Utah) -- As a University of Utah graduate, I greeted the recent decision of the Ute Indian tribe to allow the use of the Ute nickname for another five years with...

4/17/2014

article Belmont Students Aim To Change 'Red Raider' Mascot
(New Hampshire) -- Three Belmont High School students are taking on an issue few adults would tackle these days.

4/16/2014

article Rock: Utes nickname won't stay forever
(Utah) -- The University of Utah and its namesake, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, announced on Tuesday they’re still in business...
article Ute Indian Tribe and University Of Utah Agree on Keeping "Ute" Name
(Utah) -- After several months of debate over using the title of "Utes" as the official name of the University of Utah's sports teams, a decision has been...
article Study: Teams with Native American mascots end up losing millions
(USA) -- If negative public opinion about Native American mascots can't dissuade pro sports teams from using them, then maybe a study about the money they're...
article Houston school district bans 'inflammatory' nicknames, including Redskins
(Texas) -- The Houston Independent School District announced plans to spend an estimated $250,000 to replace four "inflammatory" mascots relating to Native...

4/15/2014

article Ute Tribe, U. of U. reach new agreement over name
(Utah) -- The University of Utah will continue to use the Ute name with the all-important support of Ute Indian Tribe leaders.

4/9/2014

article Native American student writes letter to UI administration in an effort to ban the Chief
(Illinois) -- As depicted in a letter sent to University administration last week, Xochitl Sandoval, a Native American student, struggles everyday with the remnants of...

4/8/2014

article UI event to support Native American student disturbed by Chief images
(Illinois) -- A University of Illinois student group has organized a walk on the Quad tonight to show support for a Native American student who recently wrote about the...
article How Children’s Books Fuel Mascot Stereotypes
(USA) -- Debbie Reese has been interested in children’s literature for decades, and is especially focused on the ways in which Natives are depicted in young people...

4/1/2014

article Why Native American women have been leaders in the fight against team mascots
(Washington D.C.) -- Amanda Blackhorse has seen plenty of Native American women take on struggles, starting with her paternal grandmother, or her nali’ in the...

3/26/2014

article Stafford High gets real with Indian mascot
(Virginia) -- For more than 30 years, Stafford High School’s Indian mascot seemed to walk straight out of a John Wayne Western—with a full-feathered...

3/21/2014

article American Indians give perspective on mascots
(Pennsylvania) -- Sarah Hennessey choked back tears as she described having her American Indian identity reduced to "Pocahontas and rain dances" by her peers...

3/18/2014

article Time for Skowhegan, Nokomis to answer: What makes your school so special?
(Maine) -- Nearly 30 schools in Maine have stopped using Native American nicknames and symbols, mostly over the past decade. Standing all alone are Nokomis Regional High...
article MORON ALERT: Why the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK
(Saskatchewan) -- A hard pit started to form in my stomach as I looked at the ‘Cowboys-and-Indians’ photos posted by the University of Regina cheer team:...

3/16/2014

article Schools,Tribes Take Closer Look at Native American Depictions
(Idaho) -- Drive a few hours east of Twin Falls, and you’ll find Teton High School – home of the Redskins.

3/11/2014

article Only 3 Maine schools retain Indian nicknames; tribe praises effort to eliminate them
(Maine) -- A four-year push to end the use of school nicknames such as Indians, Redskins and Warriors in Maine has led to multiple name changes, leading Penobscot Nation...

3/10/2014

article Resolution and legislation ask Navajo Nation council to oppose offensive sports names
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission has approved a resolution recommending the Navajo Nation Council oppose the use of "disparaging"...

3/4/2014

article Change Bedford Road Redmen name, school board says
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatoon's public school board has passed a motion calling on Bedford Road Collegiate High School to drop 'Redmen' from its team names,...

3/3/2014

article Saskatoon school could soon drop 'Redmen' name, logo
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatoon high school whose sports teams are the Redmen could soon be dropping the name. On Tuesday evening, the Saskatoon Public School Board is...

2/27/2014

article Native American Mascots Head to Governor
(Oregon) -- High schools with Native American mascots will soon have to negotiate with local tribes to continue using certain names and images. The Oregon Legislature...

2/26/2014

article Oregon House OKs limited Native American mascot use
(Oregon) -- The Oregon House gave final approval today to a bill that could allow some schools to keep their Native American mascots.
article Oregon mascot bill heads to governor for signature
(Oregon) -- A bill expected to become law in Oregon would allow some of the state's elementary, middle and high schools to continue using Native American mascots if...

2/21/2014

article Letter asks Mishicot, other schools to change Native American mascot
(Wisconsin) -- A Native American group sent letters to 31 Wisconsin school districts asking them to change race-based mascots out of respect for Wisconsin tribes.

2/17/2014

article Fort High won’t drop ‘Blackhawks’ name
(Wisconsin) -- The School District of Fort Atkinson plans to continue its tradition of using Chief Blackhawk as its mascot and logo, despite a request by the Wisconsin...

2/15/2014

article Menominee chair dings mascot law in state of the tribes address
(Wisconsin) -- In the annual State of the Tribes address to the Wisconsin Legislature, the chair of the Menominee tribe told lawmakers that the new school mascot law...

2/14/2014

article Mascot law criticized by Menominee tribal leader in State of the Tribes speech
(Wisconsin) -- A tribal leader criticized the passage of the Indian mascot law passed last year at the State of the Tribes address in the Legislature Thursday, a yearly...
article Tribal chair to Wisconsin lawmakers: Mascot law will have damaging impact on our kids
(Wisconsin) -- Laurie Boivin, the Menominee Nation chair who delivered Wisconsin's annual State of the Tribes address Thursday, stayed politically neutral in tone,...

2/11/2014

article Education group urges schools to drop Indian mascots, nicknames
(Wisconsin) -- The Wisconsin Indian Education Association is asking schools to drop American Indian mascots and nicknames. The organization sent a letter Tuesday to the...

2/2/2014

article Mukwonago to keep new mascot despite new law
(Wisconsin) -- Mukwonago High School will join other Wisconsin high schools that will not bring back their Native American mascots despite legal battles and new laws in...

2/1/2014

article Wisconsin high school won't bring back Indian mascot
(Wisconsin) -- Walk inside the Wisconsin high school that was the focus of a fight over Native American mascots and you'd be hard-pressed to find a single image of...

1/27/2014

article Idaho Schools Examining Native American Mascot Names
(Idaho) -- Fueled by irritation over Native American-based mascots, two school districts are set to review the history of some North-Central Idaho schools and their use...

1/26/2014

article At request of American Indians, Idaho schools eye mascot name change
(Idaho) -- Two northern Idaho school districts with American Indian mascots have received letters from the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee asking the names be...

1/15/2014

article Tribal representatives urge Berlin schools to drop Indians nickname, logo
(Wisconsin) -- The Berlin school board heard comments from members of Wisconsin’s Native American tribes and members of the community Wednesday, as it looks to...
article Nepean Redskins are now the Eagles
(Canada) -- The Eagles it is. So starts a statement from the minor league football team formerly known as the Nepean Redskins announcing they had decided on a new...

1/14/2014

article Concerns raised over Native school mascots
(Washington) -- The Nezperce Joint School District #302 has received a letter from Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman Silas Whitman requesting that the...
article What’s the deal with Marquette’s university seal?
(Wisconsin) -- Marquette’s official seal is everywhere on campus. It is painted on ceilings, built into floors and hangs off street lamps. You can see it on every...

1/6/2014

article A Native American football team name done right: Column
(Florida) -- On Monday night, Florida State and Auburn will collide in the national college football championship game. FSU's use of Seminole imagery will be on full...
article Why Jim Warne Will Be Pressing Mute Button During Tonight’s BCS Game
(Arizona) -- When you see it coming -- the tomahawk chop, the chant, the white guy riding in wearing war paint and a ceremonial headdress, waving a war lance – don...

1/5/2014

article Rickert: For opponents of race-based mascots, WIAA a tempting target
(Wisconsin) -- Using a questionable interpretation of the First Amendment as political cover, Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill last month that makes it much...

1/1/2014

article Tribe’s Mascot Gives State Senator New Perspective on Native Issues
(Washington) -- The heated debate over Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s refusal to change the name of the NFL franchise’s mascot is making noise in...

12/30/2013

article New mascot choices for Dalles Wahtonka High include Rattlers, Sasquatch, Megawatts
(Oregon) -- Officials are preparing to name a new mascot for The Dalles Wahtonka High, now that a new law barring Native American mascots is taking effect.

12/29/2013

article Lawyers: Pa. high school paper to resume 'Redskins' ban
(Pennsylvania) -- Editors at a suburban Philadelphia high school newspaper plan to resume a ban on the word "Redskins," even though the principal has told them...

12/26/2013

article Issue of the Week: New Indian Team Name Bill Perpetuates Stereotypes
(Wisconsin) -- It’s hard to imagine that schools would fight for the right to call their sports teams names that conjure up violence created by Europeans or...

12/24/2013

article Scott Walker Signs Bill Making it Harder to Change Native American Mascots
(Wisconsin) -- As pressure mounts from activists nationwide on schools that use Native American mascots for their sports teams, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed...
article Tribal mascot review process bill signed by governor
(Wisconsin) -- Fans of the Potosi Chieftains and Belmont Braves may not have to get used to new high school athletic team nicknames.
article High School Newspaper Defends Its Ban On The Word ‘Redskins’ Over The Objections Of School Officials
(Pennsylvania) -- Washington D.C.’s NFL team may be the most well-known defender of the word “Redskins,” but they are far from the only one: across the...
article OV man again raps Indian mascots
(Delaware) -- For the fourth time an Ocean View man went before the Indian River Board of Education to speak against using Indians as mascots at several schools in the...

12/23/2013

article Neshaminy student newspaper to resume 'Redskin' ban
(Pennsylvania) -- What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told...
article Walker signs mascot bill, but says he personally would ‘change these mascots’
(Wisconsin) -- Governor Scott Walker has signed into law a plan that will make it easier for school districts to keep Native American mascots.

12/20/2013

article Ho Chunk Nation responds to new mascot bill signed into law
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.
article MORON ALERT: Walker signs bill rolling back road blocks on Indian team names
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has signed a controversial piece of legislation that will make it more difficult for the state to require schools to...

12/19/2013

article MORON ALERT: Governor Signs Mascot Bill
(Wisconsin) -- The fate of a bill making it tougher to remove Native American mascots and team names from use at Wisconsin schools will be known sometime today. The ACLU...
article MORON ALERT: Scott Walker signs bill on Indian team names and mascots
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday making it more difficult for the state to force schools to drop their Indian team names and voiding state orders...
article MORON ALERT: Scott Walker signs Indian mascot bill, informs tribes of reasoning in letter
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the controversial Indian mascot bill into law Thursday, but not before informing state tribal leaders in a letter...
article MORON ALERT: Wis. governor signs school mascots bill
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday that will make it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames, pushing aside opponents...

12/18/2013

article Plantz: It's time for offensive names to go
(Missouri) -- Here’s a controversy that may or may not have implications for the Kansas City Chiefs and other sports teams with Indian names and mascots.
article Home of the Braves? Wisconsin Close to Nixing Native American Mascot Law
(Wisconsin) -- Three years ago when Democrats controlled Wisconsin’s government, the state passed a law targeting Native American-themed mascots and team names...

12/17/2013

article Scott Walker signals he will sign school mascot bill
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that school districts should drop Indian team names and mascots on their own and questioned whether the state should force...

12/10/2013

article Houston ISD To Make Decision On School Native American Nicknames
(Texas) -- The controversy over the use of Native-American-themed nicknames and mascots has reached Houston.
article OP/ED: Race-based mascots discriminate. To move Wisconsin forward, Gov. Walker, veto the bad bill on your desk
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin has been a leader in education, civil rights and responsible government. To continue our proud history and tradition, Gov. Scott Walker must...

12/9/2013

article Sonic apologizes for racist sign about Washington football team
(Missouri) -- The Sonic Drive-In company apologized for a signboard that contained a racist message about the Washington professional football team.
article Sonic apologizes for ‘scalp the Redskins’ sign outside Belton drive-in
(Missouri) -- A sign posted Sunday morning outside of a Belton Sonic restaurant encouraging the Chiefs to “scalp the Redskins,” “feed them whiskey...
article HISD schools may change mascots at schools that use Native American images
(Texas) -- A controversial move to ban the use of Native American mascots at some HISD schools could happen by the end of this week.

12/5/2013

article Guest commentary: GOP leadership disregards Native Americans
(Wisconsin) -- In the past few weeks there have been some moves made by the Republican Party here in Wisconsin that have confused and affected me. The first was the...
article Walker says he will look at Indian mascots bill 'some point in the future'
(Wisconsin) -- Gov. Scott Walker still isn't saying whether he will sign a Republican bill that would make it harder to strip schools of American Indian mascots.

12/4/2013

article Utah athletics: Student group asks U. to drop ties to Ute tribe
(Utah) -- Even though the Ute Indian tribe has given the University of Utah approval to use the Ute name and maintains it wants to continue its relationship with the...

12/3/2013

article John Horgan: Be wary of those Native American mascots
(California) -- The issue of Indian nicknames/mascots for athletic teams has been a subject causing consternation for some time. Sporadically, a controversy erupts over...

12/2/2013

article More than a decade after Fightin' Whites, Native American nicknames still questioned by some
(Colorado) -- Last week Americans celebrated Thanksgiving. It’s widely taught in elementary school the first Thanksgiving lent a table to newfound peace between...

11/27/2013

article Native American group calls for veto of race-based mascot bill
(Wisconsin) -- As legislation regarding race-based mascots, nicknames and logos moves closer to becoming signed into law, a Native American group sent a letter to Gov....
article Would white people like to be called the 'Pale Faces'?
(Pennsylvania) -- A recent article on the front page of the Courier Times shouted an outrage registered by a proud parent of Native American descent in support of her...

11/25/2013

article Petition urges Pinson Valley High School to drop Indians mascot
(Alabama) -- An online petition on the website change.org is urging the Jefferson County Board of Education to instruct Pinson Valley High School to drop the Indians as...

11/24/2013

article Talks Productive With U of U and Ute Tribe
(Utah) -- The University of Utah has wrapped up another round of talks with the Ute Indian tribe. Discussions continue to revolve around the school's use of the...
article Indian mascots go on trial at Weber State
(Utah) -- Should college sports teams be able to use American Indians as mascots? That was the subject of an American Democracy Project Issues trial held at Weber State...

11/22/2013

article Vallejo mascot's end sparks mixed reaction
(California) -- As word spread Thursday about Vallejo High School dropping its controversial Apache mascot, social media networks buzzed with students and alumni...

11/21/2013

article Arab anti-discrimination group prefers original Arab mascot
(California) -- Coachella Valley High School may be able to end the debate over its mascot by reverting to its roots.
article Vallejo school scraps Apache mascot
(California) -- Students at Vallejo High School will no longer call themselves the Apaches. According to the Vallejo Times Herald, the school board voted Wednesday night...

11/18/2013

article A High School Football Team Taunted A Rival Team Named The Indians With A “Trail Of Tears” Banner
(Alabama) -- The blogger who posted the picture, fiftyfourfortyorfight, wrote that as of Sunday the school has not addressed it and that local media hasn’t covered...
article School board set to decide on dumping 'racist' Apache mascot
(California) -- School officials in Northern California will meet this week to decision if they should ditch the ‘racist’ American Indian mascot of a local...
article School board approves new logo and guidelines
(Michigan) -- “Milan Area Schools is proud of its tradition of excellence and it is important to project consistently its image to the immediate and world-wide...

11/17/2013

article Opponents step up pressure on Wisconsin governor to veto mascots bill; Walker remains mum
(Wisconsin) -- Pressure is mounting on Gov. Scott Walker to break with his party and kill a Republican bill that would make it harder to strip schools of American Indian...
article Indian team names: No problem for some Native Americans, irritant for others
(Las Vegas) -- L eon Yazzie speaks fluent Navajo. He grew up on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona. His grandfather was a medicine man. During World War II, his...
article Native names, logos have long tradition in sports
(Canada) -- A Quebec snack company's decision to re-issue a logo featuring a cartoon depiction of a young native boy comes amid an ongoing debate over the use of...
article Officials propose changing Apache mascot
(California) -- The Vallejo City Unified School District administration will recommend Wednesday that the school board approve changing the mascot of its namesake high...
article Quebec snack-maker criticized for reviving Native American logo
(Quebec) -- A Quebec snack-maker won’t back down from plans to re-introduce a popular old logo of a cartoon aboriginal boy in a loincloth and feathered hat.

11/13/2013

article Coachella Valley Unified to hold special meeting on Arabs mascot
(California) -- The Coachella Valley Unified School Board will hold a special meeting on Friday to discuss the Coachella Valley High School “Arab,” a...

11/12/2013

article Can A Mascot Really Cause Psychological Harm?
(Washington D.C.) -- The adults continue to argue over the Washington Redskins football team's name. Native Americans and others say the name is a racial slur, and...
article Pennsylvania high school administrators told student newspaper it can't ban the word 'Redskins'
(Pennsylvania) -- Editors at Neshaminy High School’s student newspaper want to stop using the term “Redskins” — the school’s long-time...
article Ute tribe wants more in exchange for use of name
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe wants more in exchange from the University of Utah to continue allowing them to use the tribe's name and logo for sports teams.

11/11/2013

article Bellecourt talks identity, education at Gustavus
(Minnesota) -- Clyde Bellecourt is familiar with vulgarity, especially when the Redskins or the Braves or the Indians come to town. Bellecourt, a founder of the American...
article Tribal leaders, University of Utah officials set to negotiate future use of Ute name
(Utah) -- Cameron Cuch feels a strong tie to the University of Utah. He attended graduate school there, earning a master's degree in education. His father, former...

11/8/2013

article Civil rights group says school's Arab mascot reinforces stereotypes
(California) -- A civil rights group is urging Coachella Valley High School to eliminate its official mascot, the "Arab," saying the school is reinforcing...
article Group seeks removal of offensive attributes of Coachella Valley Arabs' mascot
(California) -- The anti-discrimination group protesting the Coachella Valley High School “Arab” mascot is more concerned about the villainous portrayal of...
article Senate passes bill making challenge to Native American mascots more difficult
(Wisconsin) -- After more than four hours of debate the state Senate has passed a bill that would make it harder to force school districts to change their Native...
article Tribe seeks new benefits from U. of U. for use of Ute name, logo
(Utah) -- Thanks to a long-standing informal agreement, the University of Utah uses the drum-and-feather logo and Ute tribal name for free.
article Panel: Native American Mascots Devalues A Culture
(Pennsylvania) -- Abel Cooper remembers taking his daughter to a high school football game once and watching as a cheerleader came running onto the field wearing what...

11/7/2013

article As Redskins debate rages, a look at CNY schools, teams that have dropped Native American mascots
(New York) -- The Oneida Indian Nation and its leader, Ray Halbritter, are leading the "Change the Mascot Campaign" to persuade the Washington Redskins to...
article Split Senate passes measure on Indian team names
(Wisconsin) -- Amid accusations of racism, Republicans in the state Senate passed a measure Tuesday making it much easier for Mukwonago High School and others around the...
article Walker not saying whether he'll sign mascots bill
(Wisconsin) -- Scott Walker still won’t say whether he will sign a bill making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.
article Alum on Coachella Valley High's Arab mascot: 'Times are changing'
(California) -- A national anti-discrimination group is pressuring Coachella Valley High School to abandon its longstanding mascot — a sneering, hook-nosed “...
article Native Americans join debate over Vallejo High mascot
(California) -- Passions flared Wednesday at a packed Vallejo school board meeting as some voiced their opinions on the Vallejo High School mascot while others demanded...

11/5/2013

article Millikin takes up American Indian topics
(Illinois) -- Not surprisingly, no one turned up to defend the Washington Redskins during a discussion of American Indian athletic mascots to kick off Millikin...
article Mascot bill headed for Governor Walker's desk
(Wisconsin) -- A Republican bill that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames has cleared the Wisconsin Legislature.
article Wis. Senate approves bill making it harder to force schools to drop Native American nicknames
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Republicans moved closer Tuesday to making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames, pushing a bill that would raise...

10/29/2013

article University of Illinois Reaches Deal in “Chief Illiniwek” Trademark Dispute
(Illinois) -- A long-running trademark dispute about the university's “Chief Illiniwek” mascot has ended. The Honor the Chief Society, a group that...

10/28/2013

article Neshaminy school paper bans the word "Redskin"
(Pennsylvania) -- In a move embraced by national figures in recent months - including President Obama and several national publications - the Neshaminy High School...
article OP/ED: Tribal mascots offer opportunity for education
(Tennessee) -- This controversy over Native American mascots has escalated in recent weeks, due in part to the defiant and arrogant attitude of Dan Snyder, owner of the...
article "Outdated" and "offensive", the Redskins and Notre Dame's leprechaun
(USA) -- There is little doubt that an overwhelming majority of Americans are fed up with racism and prejudice in all its ugly forms. The latest example involves Native...

10/27/2013

article Chiefs fans’ ‘Indian’ dress is problematic
(Kansas) -- A primary goal of photojournalism is to document reality — to take pictures that represent events as they really happen. But sometimes the reality...

10/26/2013

article Tribal costumes trending across nation, but not in Santa Fe
(New Mexico) -- On Monday morning, 97.3 Kiss FM radio DJs Dana Cortez and The-Kandee-Man filled their drive-time show with banter about a list of the Top 10 Halloween...
article Schools caught in the middle of legal battle over mascots
(Wisconsin) -- Andy Trudell takes no chances. No matter what happens in the debate over the use of American Indian names and mascots by schools and sports teams, Trudell...

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