Subscribe to our Daily Digest e-mail
Winnipeg wants input on colonial monuments, markers, place names

Winnipeg is seeking public input on the future of old statues, monuments, plaques and place names that only reflect colonial views of the city's past. The city wants to develop a framework to deal with historical markers that do not reflect Indigenous perspectives, such as a Main Street statue commemorating soldiers who fought against Louis Riel and suppressed Métis resistance.

share

Mascot Issue

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...

6/24/2019

article Manchester High School to abandon ‘Indians’ nickname, use ‘Red Hawks’ instead
(Connecticut) -- Manchester High School has a new mascot. The Manchester Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to abandon the school’s “Indians...

6/20/2019

article High school hockey team in Cape Breton drops Redmen name
(Nova Scotia) -- Riverview High School in Coxheath, N.S., is dropping the Redmen name from its hockey program in an effort to be more culturally respectful. The name was...

6/19/2019

article Manchester High School Considers Changing Mascot
(Connecticut) -- The Indians have been the Manchester High School mascot since 1949, but a group of current students is spearheading a proposal to change that. "I...

6/17/2019

article 'Redmen' water tank in southern Utah triggers new debate over name
(Utah) -- A southern Utah city council is delaying a vote about whether to make a water tank adorned with a painted image of a Native American and the name "Redmen...

6/12/2019

article Hillsborough Schools To Continue Removing Native American Mascots
(Florida) -- The Hillsborough County School Board met on Tuesday to reconsider the removal of Native American mascots from half a dozen schools. But instead of stopping...
article Manchester Board of Education to vote on whether to change ‘Indian’ mascot
(Connecticut) -- The Manchester Board of Education will vote June 24 on whether to change Manchester High School’s “Indians” nickname and mascot.

6/11/2019

article MORON ALERT: Community outraged after district moves to change schools' Native American mascots: 'Political correctness run amok!'
(Florida) -- Students and community members in Tampa, Florida, are unhappy after school officials look to change school mascots in the district over concerns that the...
article Pause or proceed? Hillsborough school board to discuss Native American mascot changes
(Florida) -- The debate over Native American school mascots in Hillsborough County will take center stage at a school board meeting Tuesday, and some board members say...
article Pushback follows the Hillsborough School Board’s vote on Native American mascots
(Florida) -- Mascot changes will proceed at six elementary and middle schools in Hillsborough County to end Native American stereotypes. And members of the School Board...

6/10/2019

article Redmen mascot racist? Community weighs in
(Connecticut) -- A pair of students is soliciting feedback from peers, teachers and staff on the high school’s mascot – the Redmen – and whether it...

6/9/2019

article Why stop the renaming of Native American school mascots that don't reflect who we are now?
(Florida) -- What an important history lesson this was going to be for the kids, one about progress and respect. Until the school board hit the brakes. It was...

6/8/2019

article Chancellor Releases Panel Report With Ideas On Moving Past Chief Illiniwek
(Illinois) -- A commission with members on both sides of the Chief Illiniwek debate is recommending ways to move forward together --- twelve years after the University...

6/7/2019

article Commission report calls for formal retirement of Chief Illiniwek, suggests remembrance in moving forward
(Illinois) -- The Chancellor’s Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation released its report to provide suggestions on how the University can create...
article Commission's advice: Formal, public retirement of Chief
(Illinois) -- A formal public retirement of Chief Illiniwek and a plaque outside Memorial Stadium commemorating the Chief's history — and why it was removed...

6/6/2019

article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes rebukes national group’s message
(Idaho) -- Members of the Native American Guardians Association spoke Wednesday evening at a community gathering of more than 100 people who came to hear the Washington...
article Debate boils over as Cedar City considers making 'Redmen' water tank a public monument
(Utah) -- An attempt to enshrine as a public monument a painted image of a Native American and the accompanying name 'Redmen' on a water tank atop a hill in...
article OP/ED: This Tribe's symbol is positive one
(Maine) -- Maine recently became the first state in the nation to legally prohibit schools and colleges from using Native American symbols or mascots in representing...

6/5/2019

article Native American mascot controversy — Schools learn limits of debate
(Ohio) -- Nearby, there’s the Cedarville Indians, the Wayne Warriors and the Wapakoneta Redsk—s. Should schools use Native American images and names for...
article White Oak Middle school considering changing Native American logo
(Ohio) -- White Oak Middle School (WOMS) is considering changing its logo, which depicts a Native American in a headdress. The school sent out a survey on Monday to...

6/4/2019

article Battle brewing over Native American mascot changes
(Florida) -- A fight over Native American school mascot names is heating up in Hillsborough County. School board members Tuesday agreed to talk about whether the...
article The Redskins may no longer be the Teton High School mascot
(Idaho) -- Students, parents and community members of the Teton High School are rallying up against a possible name change of their mascot, the Redskins. "No malice...

6/1/2019

article Why Maine Banning Indian Mascots Is A Marketing Wake Up Call
(Maine) -- From a marketing standpoint, why would an organization want a symbol that many Americans deem offensive? In May of 2019 Maine banned the use of Native...

5/29/2019

article Impact of Offensive Mascots
(Connecticut) -- Colleges reluctant to end the use of Native American and other mascots deemed offensive often cite fears that getting rid of the icons could hurt fund-...
article Cedar City councilman pushing to keep ‘Redmen’ emblem on city’s water tank
(Utah) -- Although Cedar High School is now beginning to shift its moniker from “Redmen” to “Reds,” a member of the Cedar City Council wants to...

5/28/2019

article State bans use of Native America mascots for sports teams
(Maine) -- Mascot names such as “Indians” or “Seminoles” are no longer allowed in Maine. Native American imagery or likenesses can no longer be...

5/25/2019

article Christensen wants "Redskins" to stay
(Idaho) -- Rep. Chad Christensen, R-Ammon, who represents Teton County posted on his social media account that he supports maintaining the current Teton High School...

5/24/2019

article Maine Just Banned Public Schools From Appropriating Native Mascots
(Maine) -- As a growing number of public schools continue to reconsider use of Native American mascots, Maine has taken legislative action. On Thursday, May 23, the...
article State Prohibits Schools From Using Native American Mascots
(Maine) -- Native American imagery and likenesses can no longer be used as mascots at Maine’s public schools under a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Janet...

5/23/2019

article Belfast jumps into controversy over Native American names
(Maine) -- A week after Maine garnered national attention for becoming the first state to ban Native American school mascots, Belfast officials found themselves...

5/20/2019

article Students gather signatures to change ‘Indians’ mascot
(Connecticut) -- A group of students at Manchester High School has gathered over 600 signatures from their peers on a petition to change the school’s Indian mascot...

5/18/2019

article Maine will be the first state to legally ban Native American mascots in schools
(Maine) -- On Thursday, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a bill to prohibit the use of Native American mascots in all public schools—including colleges and...

5/17/2019

article Maine bans all Native American mascots in public schools
(Maine) -- On the heels of changing the Columbus Day holiday to “Indigenous People’s Day,” the state of Maine has now banned the use of Native American...
article Maine to become first state to prohibit Native American mascots in all public schools
(Maine) -- Twenty years ago, Maulian Dana was watching a Maine high school basketball game between two teams called the “Indians” and the “Warriors....

5/16/2019

article A high school newspaper opposed its school’s nickname, and the debate is dividing the student body
(Connecticut) -- A high school newspaper is in the middle of reignited tensions in a small Idaho town over the school's "Redskins" nickname. Students from...
article A high school newspaper opposed its school’s nickname, and the debate is dividing the student body
(Idaho) -- A high school newspaper is in the middle of reignited tensions in a small Idaho town over the school's "Redskins" nickname. Students from Teton...
article Despite Criticism, Vancouver Students Vote To Keep Chieftain Mascot
(Washington) -- Students at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington, voted Thursday 79% in favor of keeping their Native American school mascot, the...

5/13/2019

article Native American themes to be replaced at 6 Hillsborough elementary schools
(Florida) -- The Hillsborough County School District says the mascots and logos for six of its schools need an update. Native American imagery is at the center of each...

5/10/2019

article School committee votes to keep Mohawk name, Native American image to be removed
(Massachusetts) -- The Mohawk Trail Regional School District made a decision regarding the future of their school mascot on Friday. The mascot controversy was debated...

5/8/2019

article Is 'Mohawk Trail' Offensive? School District Votes On Native American Imagery
(Massachusetts) -- The Mohawk Trail regional school committee in western Massachusetts is the latest to take on the controversial issue of Native American imagery at its...
article High school’s George Washington mural doesn’t represent its values and should be removed, group says
(California) -- A group of students, educators and artists is recommending a mural depicting scenes in the life of George Washington be removed from a San Francisco high...

5/7/2019

article DERP: Local high school students walk out in support of their school's 'Redskins' mascot
(Idaho) -- Ten Teton High School freshmen walked out of class at about 1:30 p.m. Monday to show their support of keeping the high school’s “Redskins”...

5/5/2019

article MORON ALERT: Skowhegan Indian Pride supporter mounts challenge to school leaders
(Maine) -- The school board delivered its proposed $36.7 million spending package for the coming year at an informational session Thursday night but was met with a...

5/2/2019

article Maine moves closer to banning Native American school mascots
(Maine) -- A bill that would ban Maine public schools, colleges and universities from using Native American mascots is one step closer to becoming law.
article Skowhegan Indian Pride supporter mounts challenge to school board leadership at Thursday budget meeting
(Maine) -- The school board delivered its proposed $36.7 million spending package for the coming year at an informational session Thursday night but was met with a...
article Mohawk School Committee to vote on ongoing mascot controversy
(Massachusetts) -- Out of sensitivity to Native Americans, Buckland's Mohawk Trail Regional School has moved away from the use of the 'Chief' logo to Mohawk...

4/30/2019

article TRAHANT: NFL doubles down on bad manners and racist mascots
(Indian Country) -- The NFL is doubling down on its bad manners. According to the Sporting News, the NFL has filed a trademark application for the Duluth Eskimos and the...
article BLOG: Learn about ‘Baseball’s First Indian’ in Cushing
(Ohio) -- There really was an original Cleveland Indian, a member of the Penobscot Nation, and his name was Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American to play baseball...

4/27/2019

article California high school will change its mascot from 'Indians' — and some people are angry
(California) -- A California high school is set to change the name of its mascot from the “Indians” after extensive criticism that the use of Native...

4/26/2019

article Voters won't weigh in on June ballot regarding Skowhegan's former mascot
(Maine) -- Voters won't be weighing in on their high school's former mascot on the June ballot. The Morning Sentinel reports SAD 54 Board of Directors voted...
article Fairfield high school to change mascot from 'Indians'
(California) -- Critics of a Fairfield high school's mascot — the "Armijo Indians" — prevailed last night as the Fairfield-Suisun School...

4/25/2019

article SAD 54 board of directors shun nonbinding advisory ‘Indians’ vote on June ballot
(Maine) -- The School Administrative District 54 board of directors voted Thursday night to reject placing a nonbinding advisory or survey on the June referendum ballot...

4/24/2019

article Maine moves closer to banning Native American school mascots
(Maine) -- The Maine Legislature took a first step on Tuesday toward banning the use of Native American names, imagery and mascots in Maine public schools amid a long-...

4/23/2019

article Maine House Approves Ban On Native American School Mascots
(Maine) -- On a mostly party line vote, the Maine House voted 88-49 on Tuesday to ban the use of Native American names, imagery and mascots in public schools. The debate...
article Maine moves closer to banning Native American school mascots
(Maine) -- The Maine Legislature took a first step on Tuesday toward banning the use of Native American names, imagery and mascots in Maine public schools amid a long-...
article The Slants Front Man Pens Artist, Activist Memoir
(USA) -- A decade after “The Slants” front man Simon Tam created a band designed to turn American Pacific Islander stereotypes on their heads, he found...

4/22/2019

article Fairview Park school district changes logo with Native American imagery
(Ohio) -- The Fairview Park City Warriors are getting a new look. The school district has unveiled a new logo. The “New Warrior” was designed Mark Hull. He...

4/21/2019

article School district ditches logo with Native American imagery
(Ohio) -- A suburban Cleveland school district whose sports teams are known as the Warriors is replacing their logo to stop using Native American imagery. Cleveland.com...

4/19/2019

article Indians, Braves Team Name Controversies Get the Spotlight as Atlanta Pays a Rare Visit to Cleveland
(Ohio) -- When the Atlanta Braves visit the Cleveland Indians this weekend for the first time in 12 years, the teams will be renewing an infrequent rivalry that goes...
article Redwood City high school drops Cherokees nickname from team sports
(California) -- Ending nearly a century-long tradition, Sequoia Union High School has officially dropped the nickname “Cherokees” for its athletic teams in...
article Sequoia High replaces Cherokee mascot with raven
(California) -- Sequoia High School in Redwood City is dropping the Cherokees as their mascot following a 17-year-long debate. The Sequoia Union High School District...

4/17/2019

article Fairview Park Schools move away from Native American imagery in logo
(Ohio) -- Fairview Park City Schools on Wednesday cut ties completely with its history of Native American imagery, replacing its athletic logo, an F with feathered,...
article Belinder Elementary PTA votes to discontinue use of Native American imagery
(Kansas) -- Saying that imagery associated with the school’s Braves mascot could be viewed as insensitive and may contribute to the objectification of indigenous...

4/13/2019

article McGill University sports teams drop 'Redmen' name amid criticism
(Montreal) -- McGill University will no longer use the name Redmen for its men's varsity sports teams after students argued the term was a racial slur. Suzanne...

4/10/2019

article Oneida Nation Chairman Calls for Elimination of American Indian High School Mascots
(Wisconsin) -- The Chairman of the Oneida Nation is calling on Wisconsin Lawmakers to eliminate any remaining American Indian High School Mascots. The Chairman Tehassi...

4/8/2019

article Native American Mohawk alumnus calls mascot debate a ‘civil rights issue’
(Massachusetts) -- Rhonda Anderson of Colrain has many identities. She is the mother of a teenage daughter, a substitute teacher, a silversmith and a jewelry maker. She...

3/25/2019

article Maine tribal leaders urge lawmakers to ban Native American school mascots
(Maine) -- The protracted fight over the use of Native American mascots in Maine public schools made it to the State House on Monday, less than a month after the last...
article Voices supporting bill to ban Native American nicknames, mascots outnumber opponents at Augusta hearing
(Maine) -- Room 208 of the State House’s Cross Building was packed to capacity as members of the public gathered to share reactions to a proposed bill to ban...

3/24/2019

article Native American Mascots, Redface, Logos Are Slowly Disappearing
(USA) -- Almost every week, John Little sees images of Native Americans being represented as relics of the past. There is the picture of a young Native woman on a...
article Bill would ban use of Indian mascots in Maine public schools
(Maine) -- At the same time some residents of Skowhegan are fighting to restore “Indians” as their school mascot, Maine lawmakers are preparing to debate a...

3/21/2019

article MORON ALERT: ‘Indians’ backers urge Skowhegan-based school board to put nickname issue to referendum vote
(Maine) -- As supporters of keeping the Skowhegan “Indians” nickname for local sports teams have said, it isn’t over yet. Decked out in “Indian...

3/18/2019

article While Blackface Is a Source of Outrage, Redface Is Still Somehow Permissible
(USA) -- While elected officials such as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and designer brand Gucci drew outrage after attempting to derail Black History Month with a pair of...

3/17/2019

article LETTER: Acts of simple decency
(South Dakota) -- Not long ago, Tim Giago, Oglala Lakota, originator of the Lakota Times newspaper on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, and current...

3/15/2019

article LULZ: Replacing Chief Illiniwek with an otter would be highly offensive
(Illinois) -- Did anyone ask otters if they were okay with being named the new University of Illinois at Champaign mascot? Would they have been offended if their proud...

3/11/2019

article Chief critic calls for UI to stop joint Illini-Blackhawks promotion
(Illinois) -- Tonight's Chicago Blackhawks game against the Arizona Coyotes will feature a promotion for University of Illinois fans, and that isn't sitting well...

3/10/2019

article Our View: Skowhegan-area school board right to retire nickname
(Maine) -- It could not have been an easy decision, but the Skowhegan-area school board did the right thing Thursday night. Facing a community that is bitterly split...
article Skowhegan ‘Indians’ fans rally to overturn vote
(Maine) -- Making good on their promise to fight a recent school board decision to drop the “Indians” nickname from school sports teams, about 50 people...
article Skowhegan’s decision to retire ‘Indians’ nickname faces hurdles
(Maine) -- The decision by the School Administrative District 54 Board of Directors to stop using the “Indians” nickname for all schools in the district left...
article Fun Alma Otter would have been the perfect antidote to offensive Chief Illiniwek
(Illinois) -- A moment of silence, please, for Alma Otter, the greatest school mascot who never was (though still could be someday). The playful mammal would have been...

3/5/2019

article Mormon websites renamed in push to end use of nicknames
(Utah) -- The Mormon church said Tuesday it will rename websites, social media accounts and employee email addresses to get rid of "Mormon" and "LDS...

3/2/2019

article Commentary: Toledo Indians Mascot About Honoring Heritage
(Washington) -- When I got up last Saturday morning, I opened my phone to a flurry of indignant social media posts from a few friends. One friend proclaimed something to...

3/1/2019

article Maine education department urges schools to ‘refrain’ from using Native American mascots
(Maine) -- Maine’s Department of Education on Friday urged schools “to refrain from using mascots and logos that depict Native American tribes, individuals,...

2/28/2019

article Skowhegan area school board charts course for ‘Indians’ debate
(Maine) -- Directors of Skowhegan-based School Administrative District 54 reserved next Thursday, March 7, for board members to have the chance to exchange their...
article Work Session, Possible Action on Skowhegan "Indians" Name Next Week
(Maine) -- The controversy over Skowhegan High School's use of the name "Indians" continued Thursday night as both sides presented what might be their last...

2/26/2019

article American Indian Studies lecture addresses mascot controversy, decolonization
(California) -- When asked to explain the concept of decolonization, Humboldt State University American Indian Studies Department Chair Cutcha Risling Baldy used an...

2/25/2019

article MORON ALERT: National group comes to Skowhegan to urge locals to keep controversial ‘Indian’ sports mascot
(Maine) -- A national Native American group came to Maine Sunday to urge people in Skowhegan to continue using the controversial “Indian” sports mascot for...
article Source: MLB commissioner mistakenly said Atlanta Braves were phasing out Tomahawk Chop
(Atlanta) -- The Atlanta Braves ostensibly phased out the laughing Indian component of their logo years ago, minus some best-seller T-shirts on Major League Baseball...

2/24/2019

article MORON ALERT: National group defends ‘Indians’ name, meets with Skowhegan supporters
(Maine) -- A group including Native Americans who say they support the use of tribal imagery and nicknames in sports told supporters of the Skowhegan “Indians...

2/23/2019

article Mohawk in discussions to change mascot
(Massachusetts) -- Mohawk Trail Regional School leaders are discussing changing the high school’s Native American mascot, while retaining its Warriors athletic...

2/21/2019

article MORON ALERT: Out Of State Group Defends Skowhegan 'Indians' Mascot, Will Meet With Supporters
(Maine) -- The tribal ambassador of the Penobscot Nation says she and others will keep up the pressure to retire Skowhegan High School's "Indians" mascot,...

2/19/2019

article MORON ALERT: Group supporting Skowhegan Indians name to speak at private event
(Maine) -- A group that seeks to preserve the use of Native American names in schools is scheduled to speak Sunday to a private group in support of keeping the “...
article Pro-Chief group plans event for Saturday's game
(Illinois) -- As the University of Illinois weighs how best to move beyond Chief Illiniwek, a pro-Chief group has organized another "Paint the Hall Chief!"...

2/16/2019

article Community looks to write next chapter in Redmen saga
(Utah) -- Almost two weeks after the Iron County School Board chose to retire Cedar High School’s controversial “Redmen” mascot, players on both sides...

2/11/2019

article On Chief Wahoo, Rob Manfred acted like a leader. Does the NFL have the same courage?
(Washington D.C.) -- Officials for the National Congress of American Indians went through a lengthy nominating and voting process this year to determine who or what...
article GIAGO: There is no difference between Blackface and Redface
(Washington D.C.) -- The turmoil in the government of Virginia points out a bigger picture that maybe all of America can use as a lesson in understanding racism. It all...
press release Change the Mascot Praises US Lacrosse for Speaking Out Against Native American Mascots
(New York) -- The Change the Mascot campaign today is applauding US Lacrosse for its powerful new position statement decrying Native American mascots. Change the Mascot...

2/9/2019

article 'The Redmen': The History Of McGill's Nickname — And The Fight For Its Removal
(Quebec) -- Tomas Jirousek is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, a group of Indigenous tribes in western Canada. About 25 percent of his hometown of Whitehorse,...

2/6/2019

article Utah school becomes latest to drop Native American name
(Utah) -- Sports teams will no longer be known as the “Redmen” at a southern Utah high school, becoming the latest to get rid of a Native American name...

1/31/2019

article Removing monuments, renaming streets not priority for Indigenous Manitobans: poll
(Manitoba) -- While Winnipeg wrestles with how to handle historical markers that do not reflect Indigenous perspectives, a new poll suggests the issue may not be top of...
article Winnipeg wants input on colonial monuments, markers, place names
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg is seeking public input on the future of old statues, monuments, plaques and place names that only reflect colonial views of the city's past....

1/28/2019

article Little League International Bans 'Offensive' Nicknames
(USA) -- The battle to erase Native American and other potentially offensive nicknames from sports has gotten a big boost from Little League International. In an...
article AIRC to host racism in sports and media discussion
(Minnesota) -- The American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State is hosting a discussion about racism in American sports and media on Monday, Feb. 11. Participants of...

1/24/2019

article Maine Compass: Hidden heroes have done the right thing on Indian mascots
(Maine) -- All through the late 1990s and well into the 2000s, I was part of the growing national movement to get the Cleveland Indians to drop Chief Wahoo —...

1/22/2019

article Native American groups applaud Little League decision to ban 'racially insensitive' names, logos
(New Jersey) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is applauding a decision by Little League International to institute a new official policy prohibiting...
article Skowhegan has opportunity again to cleanse itself of insensitive mascot
(Maine) -- I’m seeing two inconvenient truths as the Skowhegan Area High School’s 23-member school board — again — considers whether to do the...

1/21/2019

article Are Native American mascots unacceptable in 2019? Even native groups can't agree
(Ohio) -- Are Native American mascots a source of pain or pride? On Monday night, the Native American Guardian’s Associated hosted an event promoting a rare public...

1/19/2019

article Greg Kesich: Time’s up for Skowhegan ‘Indians’
(Maine) -- At some point during my childhood, I asked my mother if there were still Indians. “No,” she said. “Not really. There are a few, but they...

1/16/2019

article A Skowhegan mascot name change proposal
(Maine) -- There is considerable dismay when the prospect of loss of identity occurs. As a former student and graduate of the Skowhegan-area school district, I too felt...
article A Utah high school should drop its controversial ‘Redmen’ mascot, a split advisory committee says
(Utah) -- The controversial “Redmen” mascot at Iron County’s Cedar High School has moved a step closer to obsolescence, with a district-appointed...

1/14/2019

article Is a ‘Redmen’ mascot racist or does it honor Native Americans? The debate is dividing a southern Utah town.
(Utah) -- Cason Deschine started his freshman year at Cedar High School with a long family tradition of school spirit. His mother and uncles all played sports there. His...

1/13/2019

article The ‘Redmen’ mascot at a Utah high school honors Native Americans, supporters say. Others see it as a painful slur that needs to end.
(Utah) -- Cason Deschine started his freshman year at Cedar High School with a long family tradition of school spirit. His mother and uncles all played sports there. His...

1/9/2019

article 200 people attend forum about ‘Indians’ mascot in Skowhegan
(Maine) -- Close to 200 people attended a public forum Tuesday on continued use of the Skowhegan “Indians” nickname for high school sports teams, but judging...
article Tribal leaders again ask Skowhegan to drop ‘Indian’ mascot
(Maine) -- The “Indian” mascot of Skowhegan area schools is once again stirring debate in town. In Skowhegan, more than 100 people came out to the area...

1/8/2019

article 200 people attend forum about ‘Indians’ mascot in Skowhegan
(Maine) -- Close to 200 people attended a public forum Tuesday on continued use of the Skowhegan “Indians” nickname for high school sports teams, but judging...

1/7/2019

article Gov. Mills weighs in on Skowhegan school nickname debate
(Maine) -- Mills sent a letter to the board Dec. 6 acknowledging changing the nickname could be difficult, but the "Indians" name has become a source of pain...

12/27/2018

article Top 10: Prescott students spotlight mascot controversy
(Minnesota) -- While most high school student councils dedicate their time to planning school dances and homecoming events, Prescott's student council went above and...

12/26/2018

article Sports-team totem poles draw the ire of Native American activists
(Maine) -- Totem poles were created by the indigenous people of North America’s Pacific Northwest as a way to document their history, with each massive carving recalling...

12/22/2018

article Michigan school district might change controversial mascot
(Michigan) -- A Michigan school district is considering whether to change its longtime mascot because of its association with the Confederacy. The Godfrey-Lee Public...

12/19/2018

article State to hold public hearing in Neshaminy nickname case
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, which filed a lawsuit over the matter, is holding the hearing Jan. 7-11 at Bucks County Community College...

12/14/2018

article Ontario city settles complaint over use of Indigenous mascots and logos
(Ontario) -- Indigenous-themed mascots, names, imagery and symbols used by non-aboriginal sports teams will be removed from arenas and other facilities in Mississauga,...

12/10/2018

article Maine is one school away from ending offensive team names and mascots
(Maine) -- The Skowhegan-area school district is the last in the state to use the Indians nickname for its sports teams. The school board has again opened the door to...
article Seattle NHL Team Could Be First With Mascot Made By Native People
(Washington) -- On Sunday afternoon, football fans packed Arrowhead Stadium outside Kansas City, Missouri, to watch the Chiefs play the Baltimore Ravens. And like...

12/9/2018

article Debate over Skowhegan’s ‘Indians’ mascot pits neighbor against neighbor
(Maine) -- Thursday’s meeting of the Regional School Unit 54 school board unfolded in the same way a number of other school board meetings in Skowhegan have in...
article Health Experts Join The Push For Kansas City Chiefs To Stop Using American Indian Symbols
(Kansas) -- The Kansas City Chiefs are ranked No. 1 in the AFC West and come in at No. 4 in the just-released NFL power rankings. Chiefs fans are feeling proud. But...

12/8/2018

article Health Experts Join The Push For Kansas City Chiefs To Stop Using American Indian Symbols
(Kansas) -- The Kansas City Chiefs are ranked No. 1 in the AFC West and come in at No. 4 in the just-released NFL power rankings. Chiefs fans are feeling proud. But...

visionary sponsor advertisement

sponsor advertisement