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Amanda is a social worker & plaintiff in Pro Football vs. Blackhorse et.al. and advocate for Native issues and rights.
Amanda Blackhorse is Dine’ and a member of the Navajo Nation. Amanda is from Big Mountain and Kayenta,Arizona. She is a mother and licensed clinical social worker for a tribe in Arizona.
In 2006, Amanda and four other young Native American petitioners, organized by Suzan Shown Harjo, won their 9 year long case before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board under the US Patent Office in Blackhorse et.al vs. Pro Football to cancel the federal registrations of the NFL team, the Washington R*dsk*ns. These registrations included the team’s name and logo. Although a federal judge upheld the TTAB decision on July 8, 2015, the Blackhorse case is currently being held in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals pending outcome of a decision in Matal vs. Tam.
Amanda is also founder of a local Phoenix based group named Arizona to Rally Native American Mascots to spread awareness in Arizona about the harmful effects of offensive Native mascots and Native cultural appropriation.