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Skowhegan business under fire for producing ‘Indians” mascot apparel

A Facebook post from Maine Fire Equipment Co. promoting “Indian Outlaw” T-shirts and hoodies to celebrate the start of high school football this week is drawing criticism in the wake of both local and state decisions not allowing Native American imagery at public schools.

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1/25/2020

article Utah tribal leaders protest legislation aimed to keep Native American mascots
(Utah) -- Before facing east to the snowcapped mountains to lead a prayer, Eileen Quintana asked the 50 or so protesters who gathered at the Utah Capitol to raise their...
article Cedar City lawmaker addresses 'Redmen' controversy new proposal regarding school mascots
(Utah) -- A Utah state lawmaker from Cedar City, where the local high school’s “Redmen” mascot name was removed last year, has proposed legislation...
article Tribes slam Killingly mascot
(Connecticut) -- The National Congress of American Indians has affirmed its opposition to Killingly’s former mascot as local tribal representatives have asked the...
article Tribal leaders at Capitol rally protest Utah lawmaker’s push to keep Native American school mascots
(Utah) -- As they wiggled their fingers toward the blue sky, Quintana told them that they were all members of the same clan — regardless of their race or ethnicity...
article Tribes slam Killingly mascot
(Connecticut) -- The National Congress of American Indians has affirmed its opposition to Killingly’s former mascot as local tribal representatives have asked the...

1/24/2020

article State Lawmaker Wants To Protect Use Of Native American Mascots. But He Didn’t Ask Utah’s Tribes.
(Utah) -- A Utah lawmaker is catching heat over a proposed resolution that discourages abandoning the use of Native American names, images and symbols. Tribal leaders...
article Tribal leaders oppose new resolution supporting schools using Native American mascots
(Utah) -- A new resolution on Capitol Hill isn’t sitting well with Native American tribal leaders and groups. H.J.R. 10, sponsored by Representative Rex Shipp (R-...
article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes "deeply disturbed" by Rep. Christensen's mascot resolution
(Idaho) -- In a press release today at 4:30 p.m., the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes denounced Rep. Chad Christensen's proposed resolution to the Idaho Legislature which...
article Ex-high school mascot wants end to American Indian mascots
(Wisconsin) -- Richie Plass was 16 when he became his high school's mascot. The school principal approached him about it, along with the basketball coach and the...

1/23/2020

article COLUMN: Can we all pay attention to Chief Malerba’s message?
(Connecticut) -- So now the politicians are involved, indicating we're sinking so low into the morass that we contemplate legislating common decency. Of course, a...
article EDITORIAL: Start mascot discussion at the local level
(Connecticut) -- Beware of one-size-fits-all solutions. State House of Representatives Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, is raising the idea that the state legislature...
article Nipmucs, teachers ask Killingly BOE to reconsider mascot decision
(Connecticut) -- In a statement submitted Wednesday during a Board of Education meeting, the Killingly Education Association expressed its deep disappointment in the BOE...
article Christensen to introduce mascot resolution soon
(Idaho) -- A lawmaker representing Franklin County, plans to introduce a resolution supporting the use of Native American symbols by schools and other groups and...
article Robert Gehrke: Utah lawmakers shouldn’t defend disparaging depictions of Native Americans
(Utah) -- Last year, after a contentious process, amid chants of “Vote them out!” the Iron County School Board voted 3-2 to jettison the long-standing and...
article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 'deeply disturbed' by resolution
(Idaho) -- In a press release Thursday afternoon, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes denounced Rep. Chad Christensen’s proposed resolution to the Idaho Legislature which...

1/22/2020

article Push against Native American logos, team names reopens question in Montville
(Connecticut) -- With Connecticut lawmakers considering discussion of legislation forbidding Native American logos, mascots and related team names from public high...
article MORON ALERT: A Utah lawmaker says the state should support Native American mascots
(Utah) -- A Cedar City lawmaker wants the state to assert its formal opposition to stripping Native American names or symbols from schools — about a year after a...
article He Acted As His High School's 'Indian.' 50 Years Later, He Calls For Ending Native American Mascots.
(Wisconsin) -- Richie Plass was 16 when he became his high school's mascot. The school principal approached him about it, along with the basketball coach and the...
article Wisconsin school boards won't support ban on Native mascots after a lopsided vote at statewide meeting
(Wisconsin) -- He was one of maybe 15 Native Americans in the school, and the principal knew he could dance. Would he be willing, they asked, to dress up as the Shawano...

1/21/2020

article THAT'S RACIST: Idaho lawmaker planning measure in support of American Indian mascots
(Idaho) -- An Idaho lawmaker plans to introduce a resolution supporting the use of American Indian symbols by schools and other groups and discouraging their removal...
article Native American journalist takes issue with Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter
(Internet) -- Journalist Vincent Schilling is speaking out against the Kansas City Chiefs’ use of Native American mascots and imagery. On Twitter, Schilling, a...

1/20/2020

article OP/ED: No, cheering for the Chiefs isn't racist
(Washington D.C.) -- On Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs crushed the Tennessee Titans, securing a spot in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970. The win...

1/19/2020

article OP/ED: Why we folded 1,000 cranes for Killingly
(Connecticut) -- Three "R" words are being thrown around to describe the Killingly High School mascot these days. One is “Redmen,” the recently...

1/17/2020

article MORON ALERT: Resolution in the Utah legislature would discourage removing Native American names, symbols or imagery from schools
(Utah) -- A resolution introduced in the Utah State Legislature would discourage the removal of names, symbols or imagery that some Native American tribes and groups...
article CT Speaker of the House calls foul on schools who use Native American mascots, logos
(Connecticut) -- The state of Maine is the first in the nation to ban the use of Native American mascots and logos at all schools. Will Connecticut be next is the...
article Legislature right to weigh banning Native American nicknames
(Connecticut) -- It would be so much better if local school districts could independently realize that Native American-themed mascots are racist. But for many...
article Illinois high school debates changing controversial mascot
(Illinois) -- A high school in Rockton, Illinois is at a crossroads about whether to change its mascot. Several students at Hononegah High School started a petition...

1/16/2020

article Northern Michigan Episcopalians speak out in favor of retiring high school’s ‘Redmen’ nickname
(Michigan) -- Episcopalians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are joining calls for a local high school to change its nicknames, which many consider derogatory toward...

1/15/2020

article Hononegah students take their mascot fight to school board
(Illinois) -- Several Hononegah High School students took their online petition to get rid of the district’s American Indian mascot and Native American iconography...

1/14/2020

article Michigan school gets more money to cover changing Rebels mascot
(Michigan) -- The effort to change Godfrey-Lee Public Schools’ mascot from the Rebels to the Legends just got a $23,000 boost. The school district wants to raise $...

1/13/2020

article Hononegah mascot draws dueling petitions
(Illinois) -- A group of Hononegah Community High School students started a petition to remove the district's Native American mascot and logo, while another petition...

1/11/2020

article Killingly mascot rift could impact district finances, town
(Connecticut) -- The town’s embrace of a high school sports mascot that many deem as racist and offensive toward Native Americans could have financial and economic...

1/10/2020

article Getting rid of ‘Redmen’ sparked an uproar. So school officials voted to reinstate the ‘demeaning’ team name.
(Connecticut) -- In recent years, the number of sports teams with names like “Chiefs” or “Tomahawks” has been dwindling as schools reckon with...
article Officials Called ‘Redmen’ a Racist Mascot. Then Voters Weighed In.
(Connecticut) -- In July, the school board in a small Connecticut town called Killingly took what local officials said was a long-overdue step: removing the name of the...
article Another Idaho high school considers changing its Native American mascot
(Idaho) -- The Nezperce School District in North Idaho is once again discussing a possible change to its “Indians” mascot. Superintendent Shawn Tiegs said...
article Rep. Christensen backs out of mascot legislation
(Idaho) -- Two days after the Teton Valley News reported that Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon, who represents Teton County, would introduce a bill that would strip local...

1/8/2020

article Killingly Board of Education votes to bring back controversial mascot
(Connecticut) -- One Connecticut high school is reverting back to its old controversial mascot, which critics call offensive and racist. Killingly High School’s...

1/7/2020

article Nezperce considers making change to its ‘Indians’ mascot
(Idaho) -- The Nezperce School District is once again discussing a possible change to its “Indians” mascot. Superintendent Shawn Tiegs said the conversation...

1/6/2020

article Public comments regarding nickname change issue last more than three hours
(Michigan) -- There was a huge turnout Monday night at the Marquette Board of Education meeting. Though not an actual agenda item, dozens of people showed up to voice...

1/5/2020

article School in the UP says no decision made on Indian nicknames
(Michigan) -- A school board in the Upper Peninsula is holding its first meeting since a committee recommended that Marquette Senior High School stop using the nicknames...

1/4/2020

article Tribe wants to talk to Dartmouth: Wampanoag leaders say Indian symbol should be reconsidered
(Massachusetts) -- Public controversy over the Native American mascot at Dartmouth High School has gone quiet, but that doesn’t mean members of the region’s...

1/2/2020

article 'Redmen' and 'Redettes' name change debate continues
(Michigan) -- Since the late 1990s there has been periodic scrutiny over Marquette Area Public Schools’ (MAPS) use of the “Redmen” and “Redettes...

12/30/2019

article Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue
(Michigan) -- The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes...
article Sports editor apologizes for tweeting 'scalps' after game
(New Mexico) -- A sports editor for a New Mexico newspaper apologized this week after using "scalps" in a tweet to describe a high school basketball team...
article OP/ED: Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue
(North Dakota) -- The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and...

12/29/2019

article Neshaminy School Board votes to appeal nickname ruling
(Pennsylvania) -- The Neshaminy School Board recently voted to appeal the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission ruling on their nickname, the Redskins. The president...

12/27/2019

article Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue
(Michigan) -- The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes...

12/26/2019

article Killingly Presses On Without School Mascot
(Connecticut) -- Killingly High School student-athletes were once called the Redmen. Then, briefly, they were the Redhawks. Now the school has no mascot at all. The town...

12/21/2019

article Killingly’s ‘Redmen’: Complex origins for racially-charged mascot
(Connecticut) -- Long before Killingly High School athletes were calling themselves “Redmen,” Native Americans were using similar terms to describe...
article Is Nyack Really Still Calling Its Teams the Indians?
(New York) -- Moving back to Nyack after attending college out of state, in some ways I feel like I’m viewing it with fresh eyes. No longer a jaded teen, I’...

12/15/2019

article Capitol Report: Killingly High School mascot debate
(Connecticut) -- For decades, Killingly High School’s mascot has been the ‘Redmen,’ which may viewed as racist. In September, the Board of Education...
article Colin McEnroe: Town hugs a racist mascot
(Connecticut) -- There’s about 17,000 people living in the town of Killingly, and, although the town is 93.1 percent white, there’s a decent-sized Laotian...

12/11/2019

article Crowd leaves in an uproar as Killingly Board of Education votes not to have mascot
(Connecticut) -- The Killingly Board of Education voted late Wednesday night to temporarily not have a mascot given the different opinions on whether it should be the...
article School board removes Native American logo from gym banners
(New Hampshire) -- A New Hampshire school board voted to remove a Native American mascot from certain school logos after facing controversy. Merrimack Valley High School...

12/10/2019

article Merrimack Valley School Board Pushes for Compromise on Native American Mascot
(New Hampshire) -- Merrimack Valley High School’s former mascot - a depiction of a Native American man in a headdress - will be removed from some parts of the...
article Menomonee Falls School Board votes to change Indians mascot
(Wisconsin) -- The Menomonee Falls School Board voted 5-2 Dec. 9 to change the Menomonee Falls High School nickname after seeing fierce debate by those on both sides of...

12/9/2019

article Menomonee Falls School Board votes 5-2 to retire the ‘Indians’ nickname
(Wisconsin) -- The battle over the use of the "Indians" nickname in the Menomonee Falls School District is over. After weeks of discussion, the Menomonee Falls...
article Removing Menomonee Falls High School's 'Indians' Nickname Up For Vote By School Board
(Wisconsin) -- The Menomonee Falls School Board will decide on Monday whether to get rid of Menomonee Falls High School’s "Indians" nickname. Over the...
article Education board considers reinstating Native American mascot
(Connecticut) -- A board of education in Connecticut is considering whether to bring back the Native American-themed name for an athletic mascot. Students at Killingly...

12/8/2019

article Killingly BOE looks to bring back controversial Redmen mascot
(Connecticut) -- The Republican members of the newly-elected Killingly Board of Education are wasting no time in fulfilling a campaign promise to reverse a controversial...

12/7/2019

article Killingly BOE looks to bring back controversial Redmen mascot
(Connecticut) -- The Republican members of the newly-elected Killingly Board of Education are wasting no time in fulfilling a campaign promise to reverse a controversial...

12/6/2019

article Killingly HS could bring back Redmen mascot
(Connecticut) -- Killingly High School football is a source of pride for many. The team’s playoff run continues and so does talk around town about the long-time...
article Protests Planned for Washington NFL Team's Visit to Lambeau Field
(Wisconsin) -- The 9-3 Green Bay Packers will be looking to make a statement on the field as they host the 3-9 team from Washington this Sunday. Off the field, outside...

12/4/2019

article Neshaminy School District to appeal state ruling on controversial nickname
(Pennsylvania) -- The Neshaminy School District in Bucks County is appealing a state decision that requires it to get rid of any logos and imagery that “negatively...

12/3/2019

article Chiefs Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month by Honoring Local Tribes
(Missouri) -- The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated American Indian Heritage Month for a sixth-consecutive year at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday as part of the Chiefs’...
article Pa. school district to appeal ruling on use of ‘Redskins,’ logos
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania school district will appeal a state commission’s ruling that it can continue to call its sports teams “Redskins” but...

11/28/2019

article People are less willing to donate to universities after seeing stereotypic Native American mascots
(USA) -- New research suggests that Native American mascots — such as “Chief Illiniwek” at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign...

11/27/2019

article Supporters of Indians nickname say process has been 'unfair,' while Menominee tribe expresses its opposition to mascot
(Wisconsin) -- A group of Menomonee Falls residents held a brief rally in support of the high school's "Indians" nickname before a school board meeting Nov...

11/26/2019

article Battle over the Menomonee Falls High School mascot continues
(Wisconsin) -- The battle over the Menomonee Falls High School mascot has a community divided. The school board held another discussion Monday, Nov. 25, before next...

11/25/2019

article Pa. state commission: Bucks County school district can keep controversial nickname
(Pennsylvania) -- A yearslong fight over a controversial school mascot in Bucks County may finally be over. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has ruled that...

11/24/2019

article Store’s apparel rekindles team name controversy in Scarborough, 20 years after change
(Maine) -- Nearly 20 years after the school board changed Scarborough High School’s nickname to “Red Storm” amid a protracted community battle,...

11/23/2019

article High school considers change to 'Redmen' and 'Redettes' nickname
(Wisconsin) -- Community members are questioning if the use of Marquette Senior High School's nicknames "Redmen" and "Redettes" is culturally...

11/21/2019

article MSHS Nickname Research Committee looks for evidence before making recommendation to MAPS Board of Education
(Michigan) -- Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent, Bill Saunders asked members of the community to form the MSHS Nickname Research Committee. Saunders and the...

11/20/2019

article OP/ED: The SHA cutting the Beardy's Blackhawks shows it values money over social impacts
(Saskatchewan) -- A proud 25-year tradition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous hockey talents coming together on the ice at Beardy's & Okemasis Cree Nation is set...

11/18/2019

article Native American mascot’s return stirs controversy at NH high school
(New Hampshire) -- A New Hampshire high school has brought back images of its former Native American mascot, as well as some controversy. Merrimack Valley High School in...

11/12/2019

article ACLU calls on Menomonee Falls to retire Native American mascot
(Wisconsin) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has called on the Menomonee Falls School Board to retire the Menomonee Falls High School mascot, citing...

11/7/2019

article Author applauds Stonehill's decision to retire Native American mascot 14 years ago
(Massachusetts) -- Fourteen years ago, Stonehill College changed its athletic team name from the Chieftains to the Skyhawks amid the growing national controversy...

11/2/2019

article State Board To Vote On Neshaminy High Mascot Next Month (ICYMI)
(Pennsylvania) -- A vote by a state commission on Neshaminy High School's racially charged mascot has been scheduled for next month, after initially being planned...

11/1/2019

article Stop the offensive ‘Arrowhead Chop.’ It’s time for a new Chiefs tradition
(Missouri) -- The image of former Kansas City Chiefs star Derrick Johnson banging the war drum at Arrowhead Stadium provided a stark reminder of the home team’s...

10/31/2019

article Online petition to keep divisive Braves tomahawk chop nears 60,000
(Georgia) -- Losing Game 5 of the National League Division Series was crushing, but losing the tomahawk chop as well would be too much for Kevin Mooneyhan. The Atlanta...

10/30/2019

article LUHS Board Now Supports School Ban on Native American Logos and Mascots
(Wisconsin) -- The Lakeland School Board has reversed itself and now supports a statewide ban on Native American logos and mascots usage by public schools. Action came...
article ‘It’s not who you are:’ Menomonee Falls’ ‘Indians’ mascot debated during school board meeting
(Wisconsin) -- Menomonee Falls High School's use of the "Indians" mascot discussed during a school board meeting Monday, Oct. 28 -- with two tribes calling...
article Tribe chairwoman: Dartmouth High School must re-examine ‘Indian’ name and image
(Massachusetts) -- The chairwoman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe says the Dartmouth School Committee made a mistake when it voted against the idea of conducting a...

10/29/2019

article Menomonee Falls debates getting rid of the Indians mascot
(Wisconsin) -- The Menomonee Falls School Board listened to the community on whether the name “Indians” as a mascot should stay or go. They invited members...
article Native Americans, not school boards, should decide use of Native American mascots, says Oneida Nation director
(Wisconsin) -- Native Americans are now adding their voices to the debate in the Menomonee Falls School District over the "Indians" mascot. Several Native...
article State Board To Vote On Neshaminy High Mascot Next Month
(Pennsylvania) -- A vote by a state commission on Neshaminy High School's racially charged mascot has been scheduled for next month, after initially being planned...
article On narrow vote, Dartmouth shuts down 'Indian' discussion
(Massachusetts) -- A slim majority of the Dartmouth School Committee decided Monday night not to pursue formal discussions of replacing the Dartmouth High’s...
article Tribe chair says Dartmouth must re-examine ‘Indian’ name and image
(Massachusetts) -- The chairwoman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe says the Dartmouth School Committee made a mistake when it voted against the idea of conducting a...

10/28/2019

article Menomonee Falls debates getting rid of the Indians mascot
(Wisconsin) -- The Menomonee Falls School Board listened to the community on whether the name “Indians” as a mascot should stay or go. They invited members...

10/27/2019

article Minnesota schools figured out how to play sports without stereotypes; why can't the NFL?
(Minnesota) -- “The State reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the...

10/21/2019

article Atlanta Braves Plan To Talk With Native Americans About Tomahawk Chop Chant
(Georgia) -- Atlanta Braves officials say they plan to have talks with Native Americans about the Tomahawk Chop chant that has drawn complaints and stoked controversy...
article Braves' iconic chant and tomahawk on the chopping block
(Georgia) -- It was a move that stunned some Atlanta Braves fans. Right before game five of the National League Division Series, Braves officials decided not to...

10/19/2019

article Braves plan to discuss tomahawk chop with American Indians
(Georgia) -- Atlanta Braves officials say they plan to have talks with Native Americans about the Tomahawk Chop chant that has drawn complaints and stoked controversy...
article Braves plan to discuss tomahawk chop with American Indians
(Georgia) -- Atlanta Braves officials say they plan to have talks with Native Americans about the Tomahawk Chop chant that has drawn complaints and stoked controversy...

10/17/2019

article Chiefs of Georgia native tribes call tomahawk chop ‘inappropriate’
(Georgia) -- The Atlanta Braves’ front office says it will hold talks with Native Americans during the offseason in deciding whether to keep or axe the 27-year-old...

10/14/2019

article Chiefs of Georgia native tribes call tomahawk chop ‘inappropriate’
(Georgia) -- The Atlanta Braves’ front office says it will hold talks with Native Americans during the offseason in deciding whether to keep or axe the 27-year-old...

10/13/2019

press release Magic in the air at Lowell City Council
(Massachusetts) -- MAGIC WAS in the air at the Lowell City Council meeting Tuesday night — and it wasn’t just because of the several million in grants and...

10/11/2019

article MORON ALERT: Conservatives rail against Braves for reducing 'tomahawk chop' after Native American pitcher calls it 'disrespectful'
(Georgia) -- Georgia conservatives tore into the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for making game-day changes revolving around the “tomahawk chop” chant after...

10/10/2019

article MORON ALERT: San Francisco station airs cringe-worthy graphic days before Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(California) -- KTVU, Fox’s owned station in San Fransisco is taking heat after running a lower third reading “Braves Scalped,” which many are pointing...
article Braves fans taunt Native American pitcher with ‘tomahawk chop’ but karma struck back
(Georgia) -- On Wednesday night, Atlanta Braves fans showed a display of disrespect by continuing to do the tomahawk chop despite a Native-American pitcher saying he...
article Native American pitcher's complaints prompt Atlanta Braves to rethink foam tomahawks for Game 5
(Georgia) -- The Atlanta Braves organization took a complaint from a Native American St. Louis Cardinals pitcher into consideration and on Wednesday the club did not...
article High school students vote to drop Native American mascot
(Connecticut) -- Students at a Connecticut high school have chosen a replacement for their Native American-themed athletic mascot. Superintendent Steve Rioux tells The...

10/9/2019

article Braves cut back on ‘tomahawk chop’ after Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley complains
(Georgia) -- Early in the National League Division Series, St. Louis Cardinals reliever of Cherokee descent Ryan Helsley expressed disappointment at the Atlanta Braves...
article The Atlanta Braves End Tomahawk Handout After Native American Pitcher Ryan Helsley Criticized The Tradition
(Georgia) -- Foam tomahawks and the "Tomahawk Chant" are a hallmark of Atlanta Braves games, but for Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the...
article Killingly High School students choose mascot to replace Redmen
(Connecticut) -- Students at a Connecticut high school have chosen a replacement for their Native American-themed athletic mascot. Superintendent Steve Rioux told The...

10/8/2019

article BLOG: It’s time for the Braves to end the tomahawk chop
(Atlanta) -- The Atlanta Braves are without doubt one of the most talented young teams in Major League Baseball. That talent has been on full display in the club’s...
article Mascot pick sent to BOE
(Connecticut) -- Students have made their choice: the Red Hawks. Killingly High School students voted Monday for the Red Hawks as their new mascot that will replace the...

10/7/2019

article Maine school board debates how to move past 'Indians' mascot
(Maine) -- A Maine school district is embroiled in a debate over how it should replace its now retired Native American-themed mascot and nickname. The board of directors...

10/6/2019

article Time for the Braves to take action on the Tomahawk Chop
(Georgia) -- Depending on your perspective, the tomahawk chop is either a rousing, intense, rumble-your-soul call-to-arms or a cartoonish, ignorant modern-day minstrel...
article Braves take Helsley’s concerns about Chop chant “seriously”
(Georgia) -- The Atlanta Braves are promising to continue their dialogue with the Native American community in the wake of Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley’s...

10/5/2019

article Cardinals pitcher calls Braves’ tomahawk chop ‘disappointing’ and ‘disrespectful’
(Georgia) -- When Atlanta Braves fans perform the tomahawk chop, with its accompanying chant, it is perceived as a rallying cry for the team and a way to reinforce home-...
article Cardinals' Ryan Helsley, a member of Cherokee Nation, criticizes Braves fans for tomahawk chop
(Georgia) -- As is often the case at Braves home games, Atlanta fans at SunTrust Park during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals performed the "tomahawk chop...
article Skowhegan school board debates how to move past ‘Indians’ mascot
(Maine) -- A Maine school district is embroiled in a debate over how it should replace its now retired Native American-themed mascot and nickname. The board of directors...
article Tribes hope more Idaho schools will rethink mascots
(Idaho) -- With two Idaho high schools having moved away from mascots depicting Native American people and symbols in the past six months, Idaho tribal representatives...
article Tribes hope more Idaho schools will rethink mascots
(Idaho) -- With two Idaho high schools having moved away from mascots depicting Native American people and symbols in the past six months, Idaho tribal representatives...
article “Not Your Mascot” march and rally set for Oct 24 in Mpls
(Minnesota) -- On Thursday, Oct. 24, a coalition of Minnesota tribal governments, the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media (NCARSM) and other Native...

10/3/2019

article Dartmouth warns clothing company over Indian logo
(New Hampshire) -- Dartmouth College wants a clothing company to stop selling items featuring the school’s old sports mascot, the “Dartmouth Indian.”...
article Tribes hope more Idaho schools will rethink mascots
(Idaho) -- With two Idaho high schools having moved away from mascots depicting Native American people and symbols in the past six months, Idaho tribal representatives...

10/1/2019

article Push To Retire Native American Mascots Finds Support From School Districts Statewide
(Wisconsin) -- Mart Grams wasn't inclined to support the resolution urging an end to Wisconsin's Native American mascots. Grams, a member of the Shawano School...

9/30/2019

article Native Americans help Lee HS with mascot change
(Michigan) -- Wyoming Godfrey-Lee High School’s former mascot is a relic of a bygone era as school leaders received a grant Monday from a Native American tribe...

9/25/2019

article BLOG: When the School Mascot Is a Native American Stereotype
(Illinois) -- More than a decade ago, the University of Illinois officially dropped its mascot Chief Illiniwek, a stereotypical image of a Native American, but the image...
article OP/ED: Squaw Creek label is something to squawk about
(Illinois) -- Lake County is a welcoming and all-inclusive community. It says so on the entrances to the Lake County Building in downtown Waukegan.

9/23/2019

article Activist Suzan Shown Harjo is still winning her fight against Native American mascots
(Washington D.C.) -- The story the Smithsonian researcher told was of a little girl, a second grader, in small-town Oklahoma in the early 1950s. The little girl was...
article White Oak Middle School keeps Warriors name, changes logo
(Ohio) -- White Oak Middle School will be changing its logo and mascot to be more culturally sensitive, the district announced Monday. Principal Kevin Gale said the...

9/13/2019

article Our View: Some defenders of Skowhegan Indians mascot not ready to move on
(Maine) -- Items that read “Skowhegan Indians” are still selling in town, the Morning Sentinel reported this week, as are shirts that say “Indian...
article Small business still selling Skowhegan Indian merchandise
(Maine) -- Earlier this year, the MSAD 54 School Board voted to remove Skowhegan Area High School's controversial "Indian" nickname, but one business in...

9/11/2019

article Green Bay School Board backs measure to retire Native American mascots in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- Green Bay school officials are the latest in Wisconsin to call for legislation requiring school districts to retire Native American mascots. The Green Bay...

9/10/2019

article Dartmouth school board to set up group to research mascot issue
(Massachusetts) -- For the past five decades, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has been diligently opposing the use of derogatory stereotypes of Native...
article Skowhegan business under fire for producing ‘Indians” mascot apparel
(Maine) -- A Facebook post from Maine Fire Equipment Co. promoting “Indian Outlaw” T-shirts and hoodies to celebrate the start of high school football this...
article Menomonie schools join resolution asking for the ban of Native American mascots
(Wisconsin) -- The School District of Menomonie Area Board of Education voted 4-2 to approve a resolution by the Wausau Area School Board that would ban all mascots,...
article Wisconsin schools could eliminate Native American mascots
(Wisconsin) -- The Wausau School District is asking schools across Wisconsin to support a resolution that would ban Native American mascots or nicknames for their sports...

9/9/2019

article Menomonie board OKs mascot ban resolution
(Wisconsin) -- The Menomonie school board voted 4-2 Monday night to approve a resolution being circulated by the Wausau school district calling for a ban on all mascots...

9/7/2019

article A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American
(Massachusetts) -- When former State Representative Byron Rushing first looked closely at the Massachusetts state seal, he could not believe his eyes. Created in the...

9/6/2019

article BLOG: Why your mascot sucks: Central Michigan University
(Michigan) -- Well, for starters, you don’t have a school mascot. The Chippewas are represented by an italicized ‘C,’ with what appears to be racing stripes known as the...
article Sheboygan school board backs Wausau's call for Native American mascot ban
(Wisconsin) -- The Sheboygan Area School District's board backed a resolution to ban Native American mascots statewide, joining a movement that began last month in...

9/2/2019

article DU Pioneers now at the center of debate about mascots and offensive nicknames
(Colorado) -- On college campuses, in the big leagues and at public high schools, offensive mascots have been making headlines for decades. Now, The University of Denver...

8/26/2019

article Majority white schools with American Indian mascots said they haven’t felt recent pressure to change
(Minnesota) -- At Red Lake School District in northwest Minnesota, drummers pound out a flag song before basketball games. District leaders ceremonially burn sage before...

8/24/2019

article Native American Students Want UNLV To Ditch "Hey Reb!" Statue
(Nevada) -- Native American students are asking the University of Nevada Las Vegas to get rid of its “Hey Reb!” statue. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports...

8/23/2019

article Native American students at UNLV want Hey Reb! statue removed
(Nevada) -- A group of Native American students at UNLV wants the university to remove the statue of its Western frontiersman mascot from campus and make other changes...

8/22/2019

article Graham: No push in Oklahoma to change Native American mascots or imagery
(Oklahoma) -- Seeing teenagers at a game or school assembly run out of teepees, wear war paint or mimic a tomahawk chop makes me cringe, every time. The same sinking...
article Indian mascot painted over at Skowhegan Area High School
(Maine) -- There will be no familiar mascot when students return to Skowhegan Area High School next week. Over the summer, workers painted over a mural on the gymnasium...

8/21/2019

article Momentum Grows to End Native American Mascots in Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- At least eight school boards across Wisconsin have approved a resolution to bring to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) calling for the end...
article Native American mascots: Appleton among growing number of school boards to support ban of 'offensive' imagery
(Wisconsin) -- Appleton has joined a growing number of school boards across Wisconsin that already have – or will consider – supporting a proposal to retire Native...

8/20/2019

article La Crosse school board backs Native American mascot ban
(Wisconsin) -- The La Crosse school board Monday joined a push to ban Native American mascots in Wisconsin school districts, but not without some hesitation. Board...
article Native American mascots: Appleton among growing number of school boards to support ban of 'offensive' imagery
(Wisconsin) -- Appleton has joined a growing number of school boards across Wisconsin that already have – or will consider – supporting a proposal to retire...
article Tomah School Board won't join effort to ban Native American nicknames
(Wisconsin) -- The Tomah School Board is comfortable with the school district's nickname change but less comfortable with telling other districts how to proceed....

8/19/2019

article Skowhegan district erases its Native American images as school year nears
(Wisconsin) -- Next week, Skowhegan Area High School students will return to a building that looks a little different from when they last occupied it. The large mural —...
article Wausau School Board Asks State To Ban Native American Mascots In Public Schools
(Wisconsin) -- The Wausau School Board passed a resolution calling for lawmakers to ban Native American mascots at Wisconsin public schools districts. The board approved...

8/12/2019

article NAJA demands The Washington Post retract unreliable data sets and all associated reporting
(Washington D.C.) -- Racialized mascots and their potential long-term effects are a serious public health issue and a pressing problem faced by Indigenous communities....
article The Boise Braves are no more. Meet the new mascot for one of Idaho’s oldest schools.
(Idaho) -- After nearly 100 years as the Boise Braves, Boise High School will have a new mascot for the upcoming school year. Boise High will drop the “s”...
article Wausau Board of Education votes to support retiring Native American Mascots
(Wisconsin) -- The Wausau Board of Education has voted in favor of legislation requiring school districts to retire Native American mascots. The resolution was drafted...

8/10/2019

article Editorial: Moving away from Native American caricatures in mascots is right step
(Idaho) -- Boise High School is doing the right thing in working to change its “Braves” mascot. Dropping the ‘s’ to become “the Brave...

8/9/2019

article Mothers start petition to change Round Rock elementary school’s logo, mascot
(Texas) -- A group of mothers started an online petition to change the logo and the mascot at one of the elementary schools in the Round Rock Independent School District...

8/8/2019

article More Mascot Issues In Idaho
(Wyoming) -- The Idaho Statesman is reporting that Boise High School is also wrestling with the issue of a Native American mascot. Teton High School in Driggs recently...

8/6/2019

article Nezperce News: Time to change NHS mascot to something that truly represents our community
(Idaho) -- This likely isn’t going to be a popular opinion, but hear me out: Nezperce Indians, it’s time to change our mascot. The tribes - specifically the...

8/5/2019

article 'We're not rewriting history': Boise High planning to change their mascot
(Idaho) -- Boise High School is getting ready to replace its mascot. For nearly a century, students have been known as the Braves, but moving forward the school wants to...
article Boise High seeks to replace 'Boise Braves' mascot with 'Boise Brave'
(Idaho) -- Boise High School is taking steps to change its “Boise Braves” Native American-themed mascot to “Boise Brave,” the school district...

8/3/2019

article Boise High Braves intend to change their Native American-themed mascot. And soon.
(Idaho) -- The Braves mascot has served Boise High School since at least the 1920s. But the school’s leadership wants to change that nickname to one more...
article Boise High School eyes changing mascot name before the school year starts
(Idaho) -- Officials at Boise High School in Boise want the mascot's name changed. Officials tell the Idaho Statesman in a story on Saturday they hope to change the...
article Boise High School wants change, from Braves to Brave
(Idaho) -- School leaders at Boise High want to change its mascot, from Braves to Brave. The Idaho Statesman reports the plan will be presented at a Boise School...
article Boise High Braves intend to change their Native American-themed mascot. And soon.
(Idaho) -- The Braves mascot has served Boise High School since at least the 1920s. But the school’s leadership wants to change that nickname to one more respectful of...

8/2/2019

article La Crosse area schools face renewed calls to drop Native mascots
(Wisconsin) -- Coulee Region school districts still clinging to Native American mascots could soon face renewed pressure to drop them. The Wausau and Madison school...
article State Rep. Christensen steps out on social media to criticize Teton School Board, staff
(Idaho) -- Idaho State Representative Chad Christensen (R-Ammon) who represents Teton County, posted on his “Chad Christensen for Idaho” Facebook page...

8/1/2019

article Controversial Native American name to stay on Cedar City water tank
(Utah) -- A painted image of a Native American and the name “Redmen” will remain as a city marker in Cedar City despite a decision to change the high-school...

7/31/2019

article U of I professor calls NCAA to punish university over policy violations
(Illinois) -- A University of Illinois faculty member wrote a letter to the NCAA, saying the university is violating its policy on the use of Native American mascots in...
article Current, former professors call on NCAA to punish UI over Chief
(Illinois) -- Several dozen University of Illinois faculty members are urging the NCAA to once again prohibit the UI from hosting postseason competitions until it...

7/29/2019

article Madison School Board calls for Wisconsin schools to end use of Native American mascots
(Wisconsin) -- The Madison School Board called on Monday for Wisconsin schools to stop using Native American mascots, nicknames, symbols, logos and images. The board...

7/28/2019

article Remedying racist symbols on campus
(Oregon) -- The Pioneer Father watches over hundreds of students rushing to class on a typical day on the University of Oregon campus. The 13-foot pioneer looks...

7/27/2019

article Madison School District aiming to join resolution calling for retirement of Native American mascots across Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- The Madison School Board is slated to support a resolution on Monday calling for legislation requiring school districts across Wisconsin to stop using...

7/26/2019

article Killingly High School Dropping Nickname Offensive To Native Americans
(Connecticut) -- High School sports teams in Killingly will no longer be known as the “Redmen.” Killingly High is the latest school to drop the name of a...
article Shoshones urge Idaho-wide mascot changes
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe has submitted a position paper to the Idaho State Board of Education asking that the governor and state Legislature, “take a...

7/25/2019

article Savages, Indians or Braves: Idaho tribe asks state government to ban all Indian mascots
(Idaho) -- Eastern Idaho’s Teton High School has retired its Redskin mascot, and one Idaho tribe is calling for the removal of all Native American high school...

7/21/2019

article Bygone Muncie: Native American history deserves better than false tales of 'Chief Munsee'
(Delaware) -- I recently broke a cardinal rule I try to follow when interacting on social media; do not commence or engage in an online argument. Much like trying to...

7/20/2019

article Schools get $10K grant for students to change ‘violent’ state flag, support Green New Deal
(Massachusetts) -- A school district in Massachusetts is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center which will assist students in lobbying to...

7/19/2019

article Cedar City mulls school control for 'Redmen' water tank art
(Utah) -- The Cedar City Council will consider proposed changes to a resolution intended to designate a city water tank, which bears the emblem of the controversial...

7/16/2019

article After 90 years, Idaho high school retires its controversial Native American mascot
(Idaho) -- After 90 years, the Teton Redskins are gone. The school board for the Teton School District voted 4-1 Tuesday night to retire the high school’s...

7/15/2019

article Nebraska schools could see new debate over Indian mascots
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska schools with Native American mascots could see a new debate over their team names and logos if some state officials have their way, but quick...

7/14/2019

article Nebraska schools could see new debate over Indian mascots
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska schools with Native American mascots could see a new debate over their team names and logos if some state officials have their way, but quick...
article Idaho town wrestles with its 90-year-old, Native American mascot
(Idaho) -- The controversy over using Native American mascots for sports teams has raged across the country. And this summer, it’s reared its head in Idaho again....

7/10/2019

article Proposed ban of Native American mascots gets mixed reviews in Hanover
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives from Native American groups across the state proposed a ban of Native American Mascots in schools late last month. If a bill passes,...

7/9/2019

article Offensive or an honor? Idaho town wrestles with its 90-year-old, Native American mascot.
(Idaho) -- The controversy over using Native American mascots for sports teams has raged across the country. And this summer, it’s reared its head in Idaho again....
article Teton School Board sets one more meeting before mascot decision
(Idaho) -- After six hours on Monday evening, Teton School Board members decided to continue the discussion over whether to retire or retain the Teton High School mascot...
article Commissioner Rob Manfred denies conspiracy theory on Chief Wahoo; praises Cleveland as All-Star host
(Ohio) -- There has been a conspiracy theory dancing about since the Indians were awarded this year’s All-Star Game and dropped Chief Wahoo as their mascot....

7/7/2019

article Opinion: Chief Wahoo missing from Cleveland's All-Star Game, but mascot issue endures
(Ohio) -- Chief Wahoo’s presence at this 90th All-Star Game will be merely unofficial, his beaming face a source of pride for some Cleveland Indians fans and a...
article MORON ALERT: No Problem With Indian Mascot, Middleborough Superintendent Says
(Massachusetts) -- The superintendent of schools in Middleborough is standing his ground when it comes to the schools’ Sachem mascot, saying there’s nothing...

7/6/2019

article Benched: Chief Wahoo not All-Star this time in Cleveland
(Ohio) -- An hour before the first pitch of a series opener against Kansas City, a steady flow of fans stream into the Indians' team shop at Progressive Field to buy...
article Cleveland Indians: Chief Wahoo back in spotlight for All-Star Game
(Ohio) -- Chief Wahoo is noticeably absent on Cleveland Indians’ hats and uniforms this season, but apparel and All-Star merchandise with the longtime logo can...

7/5/2019

article Native American bills put Dartmouth, Middleboro school identities under scrutiny
(Massachusetts) -- Dartmouth High School’s mascot is the Indians, which uses a green Native American head with a couple of feathers. Middleboro High School’s...

6/30/2019

article Chief Controversy far from unsolvable
(Illinois) -- Recently, with some disappointment, I heard Loren Tate describe the Chief Illiniwek controversy as “not solvable.” Certainly, Mr. Tate is...

6/29/2019

article Native American mascot debate: Racism vs. community and school pride
(Massachusetts) -- Administrators in some Central Massachusetts school districts with Native American mascots and logos believe they should get rid of them, but others...
article Debate over Native American school mascots gets heated at Idaho Statehouse
(Idaho) -- It wasn't a public hearing; there wasn't a chairman of a committee in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol on June 27 when a presentation...

6/28/2019

article After mascot vote, Mohawk Trail seeks submissions for new mural, logo
(Massachusetts) -- While some schools have become tangled in debates over their Native American mascot for years, Mohawk Trail Regional School may have emerged from its...
article 'The R-Word': Debate Over Native American School Mascots Gets Heated at Idaho Statehouse
(Idaho) -- It wasn't a public hearing; there wasn't a chairman of a committee in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol on June 27 when a presentation...

6/27/2019

article 2016 Nipmuc memo may be indicator of pending decision on Killingly mascot
(Connecticut) -- The Killingly superintendent said he hopes to get the opinion of a local tribe by the end of July on possibly eliminating a polarizing Native American-...
article Native American panel showcases desire to retire mascot
(Idaho) -- For two hours on Wednesday evening, a panel of invited guests answered questions on the Teton High School mascot in front of about 140 people from the Teton...
article Shoshone-Bannock tribal members weigh in on Redskins debate
(Idaho) -- Near the end of a panel discussion Wednesday night on the appropriateness of the use of “Redskins” as a mascot, Shoshone-Bannock tribal member...

6/26/2019

article Shoshone-Bannock tribe invited to discuss Teton High School mascot
(Idaho) -- A national debate has been rekindled in Teton Valley, Idaho. Teton High School in Driggs has had “Redskins” as its mascot for generations, but...
article State lawmakers hear support for Native mascot ban
(Massachusetts) -- One year after similar legislation died in the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Native American leaders and advocates renewed calls Tuesday for a...

6/25/2019

article Native Americans, others urge ban on ‘stereotypical’ mascots
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives from Native American groups across the state gathered Tuesday morning in a cramped basement room in the Statehouse to give lawmakers a...
article Manchester to change nickname from Indians to Red Hawks
(Connecticut) -- The Manchester Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to change the high school’s mascot from “Indians” to “Red Hawks...

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