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Native American Mascots

How Do Native Americans Really Feel About the Washington Redskins Nickname? Don't Use the Phone

Jay Rosenstein | Posted 05.31.2016 | Sports
Jay Rosenstein

I have no idea exactly what percentage of Native Americans approve or disapprove of these mascots and nicknames. But I can guarantee something else with even greater certainty: neither does the Washington Post.

The Native Plot On 'Kimmy Schmidt' Makes Us Cringe, But Is It All Bad?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.29.2016 | Arts

When the Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” reintroduces viewers to Jacqueline -- or Jackie Lynn -- Voorhees (Jane Krakowski) in the first...

Whitesboro, N.Y. Decides Racist Seal Is A Bad Idea After All

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

The Village of Whitesboro, N.Y. has succumbed to public pressure and announced that, despite a recent vote of support, it will do away with a town sea...

The Seal Of Whitesboro, NY, Depicts A White Man Strangling A Native American

Courthouse News | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

Upstate New Yorkers will hit the polls Monday to vote on whether to change an off-putting village seal that depicts a white settler strangling a Nativ...

Adidas To Help High Schools Change Native American Mascots

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 11.05.2015 | Sports

Adidas on Thursday announced a new initiative to help high schools change "potentially harmful" Native American mascots. The sports apparel company, w...

Native American Youth Tell The White House: Our Schools Are Failing Us

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

In the eighth grade, Isabella Cornell's history teacher taught students that Native Americans are "violent, vicious vermin" and connected their cultur...

Students Want Schools To Reconsider Native American Mascots, Obama Administration Says

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 10.15.2015 | Sports

School districts that use Native American nicknames and imagery should analyze whether they are causing harm to their students and consider changing t...

Survey: Stop Treating Native American Culture Like A Costume

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

Statistics regarding Native American youth in 2015 are bleak. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth aged 15-24. Natives have t...

Jeb Bush Just Gave A Middle Finger To The Entire Native American Community

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush is totally fine with Washington's NFL team using an un-trademarkable, dictionary-defined racial slur as its name, he...

Fighting Discrimination, Discovering Who We're Fighting For

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
DaShanne Stokes

The day to day things can take many forms. It can be something simple like chopping wood and providing security, but it can also mean many other things, like helping our elders, volunteering in our communities, being mentors and so much more.

'Wall Street Journal' Column Claims Mascots Honor Native Americans; This Native American Begs to Differ

Tara Houska | Posted 08.05.2016 | Media
Tara Houska

Starting with a dig at those who would dare question the polling data in support of Native American mascots, last Friday Naomi Shaefer Riley published commentary that managed to dismiss Native American voices while simultaneously patronizing our experiences.

This State Might Be The First To Ban 'Redskins' School Mascots

ed | Jane Meredith Adams | Posted 04.21.2015 | Sports

If the legislation passes and is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would become the first state in the nation to ban the use of “Redskins” as a team name

Colorado Lawmakers Use Slideshow With Racial Slurs When Pushing Bill For Native American Mascot Ban

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices

Two Colorado representatives upset fellow lawmakers this week when they presented a slideshow filled with racist images and slurs at a House Education...

Opponents Of 'Redskins' Team Name Hold Largest Ever Protest At Washington Home Game

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.30.2014 | Sports

Activists took the fight against racist imagery straight to the source, and not all supporters were happy.

Nick Wing

Why The 'Redskins' Name Can't Be Separated From The Bigger Issues Native Americans Face | Nick Wing | Posted 12.22.2014 | Sports

Earlier this year, the on-field humiliation of the Washington football team was briefly overshadowed by increasingly vocal disapproval of the team nam...

This Holiday Season Let's Replace Disparaging Slurs

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

We call on sports teams with Native American names and mascots to consult with contemporary tribes and follow their guidance. Abandon negative characterizations and where it is mutually desired embrace positive identities so that we may preserve our Native American heritage.

What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Leading up to Halloween, there has been a surplus of offensive costumes floating around on the internet -- hazmats suits for Ebola, dressing up like members of ISIS, and making light of domestic violence by dressing up as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice while holding a doll with a black eye.

For the Journalist, Objectivity Changes When Coverage Includes Dictionary-Defined Racial Slur

Ray Halbritter | Posted 12.29.2014 | Media
Ray Halbritter

True objectivity involves recognizing that using this racial slur in news coverage is, unto itself, an act of opinion and advocacy on behalf of those who wish to denigrate Native Americans.

It's Time to Rethink Native Mascots

Matt Kramer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Matt Kramer

When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?

The Hairstyle That Got This Student Sent Home From School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents

A Native American child was reportedly sent home early from his first day of Kindergarten last week because officials said his long hair conflicted wi...

It Isn't Getting Better For Native American Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Native American students have not shared in the recent rise in educational performance achieved by African Americans and Latinos, according to a new s...

Dept. Of Education: Native American Mascots Here to Stay In Michigan

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.04.2013 | Detroit

The U.S. Department of Education dismissed a Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) complaint regarding the use of Native Americans as school masc...

Dan Snyder, The Redskins and a Short History of Racist Team Names

News Genius | Posted 07.13.2013 | Sports
News Genius

Whether Dan Snyder likes it or not, his team's name is a living reminder of this barbaric, genocidal practice.

What's in a Name?

Barry Levinson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Comedy
Barry Levinson

Judges in Washington are mulling over the complaints that the Redskin trademark is offensive to Native Americans. And if it is indeed offensive it should be removed. Once Washington selects a new name, we might have to investigate the New Orleans Saints. It has a religious ring to it.

Mascots, Ignorance and Racism

Tim Giago | Posted 11.23.2012 | Sports
Tim Giago

It is much more difficult to fight ignorance than racism. In a way, ignorance and racism are one in the same, but until white and black Americans walk one mile in our moccasins, they will never see the difference.