More: mascots

Mark Trahant: NFL doubles down on bad manners and racist mascots
Mark Trahant: NFL doubles down on bad manners and racist mascots (April 30, 2019)

Are you ready for the Duluth Eskimos? Because someone in the NFL thinks it's 'cool.'


Tim Giago: A brief history of the fight against 'Indian' mascots
Tim Giago: A brief history of the fight against 'Indian' mascots (March 11, 2019)

Stick to the lions, tigers and bears, and leave human beings like Native Americans off your list of mascots for your sports teams.


American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt: 'My spirit will be leading the charge'
American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt: 'My spirit will be leading the charge' (February 19, 2019)

Clyde Bellecourt is battling stage 4 prostate cancer but remains committed as ever to Indian Country's causes.


Tim Giago: There is no difference between Blackface and Redface
Tim Giago: There is no difference between Blackface and Redface (February 11, 2019)

There are thousands of examples of white men and women unknowingly literally wearing 'redface' without a whisper of an outcry.


Kitcki Carroll: Indigenous peoples deserve dignity on our own lands
Kitcki Carroll: Indigenous peoples deserve dignity on our own lands (January 22, 2019)

America, it is time to live by the principles, morals, and values you profess to embrace and exemplify.


Democrats object to land deal for NFL team with 'racist' name
Democrats object to land deal for NFL team with 'racist' name (December 17, 2018)

The Washington NFL team should not be rewarded for racism, according to key Democrats in Congress.


Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C.
Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C. (December 10, 2018)

Will the Washington NFL team and its racist mascot be returning to the nation's capital with the help of the Trump administration and Congress?


Tim Giago: Sorry but the R-Word does not honor Native Americans
Tim Giago: Sorry but the R-Word does not honor Native Americans (December 3, 2018)

When early settlers needed extra cash they would say, 'Let’s go out and kill some Redskins and collect the bounty on them.'


'Chief Wahoo' logo disappears as baseball team plays in Canada
'Chief Wahoo' logo disappears as baseball team plays in Canada (September 7, 2018)

Two years after a Native architect took aim at the Cleveland professional baseball team's racist imagery, the team has responded.


Indian activist known for anti-mascot work sentenced for theft
Indian activist known for anti-mascot work sentenced for theft (August 30, 2018)

The former head of the American Indian Education Center will serve four months in prison for stealing $77,000 in federal funds.


Offensive? Parody 'Caucasians' t-shirt draws strong reactions
Offensive? Parody 'Caucasians' t-shirt draws strong reactions (August 9, 2018)

An African American business owner is getting death threats after exposing the hypocrisy of the Washington NFL team's racist mascot.


Tim Giago: Racism is still acceptable in some media outlets
Tim Giago: Racism is still acceptable in some media outlets (August 6, 2018)

Many newspapers, including the one in Rapid City, South Dakota, have continued to use the R-word even though they know it is an insult.


Mary Annette Pember: A remaining bastion of white male hegemony in America
Mary Annette Pember: A remaining bastion of white male hegemony in America (July 2, 2018)

A parade of men, white and mostly over 35 years old, wept at the thought of losing their racist mascot.


Indian activist known for anti-mascot work pleads guilty to theft
Indian activist known for anti-mascot work pleads guilty to theft (May 17, 2018)

Apache activist Robert Roche, who appeared in an iconic photo confronting a baseball fan, faces prison time for stealing federal funds.


Reclaiming Native Truth: Why we cannot support racist mascots and images
Reclaiming Native Truth: Why we cannot support racist mascots and images (May 11, 2018)

Exposure to racist mascots affects the self-worth of young Native Americans.


Washington NFL team treated cheerleaders like 'calling for an escort'
Washington NFL team treated cheerleaders like 'calling for an escort' (April 10, 2018)

The Washington NFL team treated its cheerleaders like an escort service for paying fans, with one recalling being sent to a home where men were drinking.


National Baseball Hall of Fame won't use 'Chief Wahoo' any longer
National Baseball Hall of Fame won't use 'Chief Wahoo' any longer (March 22, 2018)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will no longer use the 'Chief Wahoo' logo in new inductee plaques, citing a 'shifting societal view' of Native Americans in sports.


Event focuses on symbols of White supremacy in mascots and monuments
Event focuses on symbols of White supremacy in mascots and monuments (March 1, 2018)

American Indians and African Americans have long dealt with the use of racist and stereotypical symbols.


The Conversation: Sorry but 'Chief Wahoo' isn't going anywhere soon
The Conversation: Sorry but 'Chief Wahoo' isn't going anywhere soon (February 8, 2018)

While many scholars are quick to note a Native mascot’s racist and colonial underpinnings, not enough attention is given to the fans and defenders’ attachment to these symbols.


Cronkite News: Bill outlaws use of racist logos in Arizona stadiums
Cronkite News: Bill outlaws use of racist logos in Arizona stadiums (January 31, 2018)

Lawmakers in Arizona are trying to limit disparaging professional sports team logos from appearing in publicly funded sports venues.


NFL commissioner won't do anything about team's racist mascot
NFL commissioner won't do anything about team's racist mascot (January 31, 2018)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't plan on doing anything about the Washington team's racist mascot even as others in sports take action on the issue.


Mark Charles: No congratulations for the racism of 'Chief Wahoo'
Mark Charles: No congratulations for the racism of 'Chief Wahoo' (January 30, 2018)

Native mascots in sports are dehumanizing caricatures rooted in our nation’s racist history, mascots for the lie of white supremacy.


Cleveland baseball team removes 'Chief Wahoo' logo from uniforms
Cleveland baseball team removes 'Chief Wahoo' logo from uniforms (January 29, 2018)

The Cleveland professional baseball team will remove the stereotypical 'Chief Wahoo' logo from its uniforms but won't be getting rid of its race-based name or the logo itself.


Suzan Shown Harjo: Offensive mascots belong in museums and history books
Suzan Shown Harjo: Offensive mascots belong in museums and history books (December 15, 2017)

As long as we can be treated badly in this very public way, Native Peoples will continue to be persistently mistreated and both our collective and individual rights will be at risk.


Rising Hearts activists claim victory with viral #GoRedhawks mascot campaign
Rising Hearts activists claim victory with viral #GoRedhawks mascot campaign (December 15, 2017)

Rising Hearts, a women-led coalition of Native activists, set the internet ablaze this week with their viral #GoRedhawks campaign, which had many convinced that the Washington NFL team had eliminated its controversial name and mascot.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend
Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend (December 13, 2017)

When I think of what it requires to be a rotiane in the best sense, Chief Irv Powless exemplified this in every instance of his 88 years and for that I am grateful


Native activists go viral with 'Redhawks' campaign aimed at NFL team's racist mascot
Native activists go viral with 'Redhawks' campaign aimed at NFL team's racist mascot (December 13, 2017)

A series of fake news articles, claiming the Washington NFL team changed its controversial name to the Washington Redhawks, went viral across Indian Country.


Kevin Gover: Dispelling five myths about Native American history and culture
Kevin Gover: Dispelling five myths about Native American history and culture (November 22, 2017)

As the director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover gets a lot of questions about Native Americans.


Business group in Maine apologizes for 'Hunt for the Indian' holiday promotion
Business group in Maine apologizes for 'Hunt for the Indian' holiday promotion (November 8, 2017)

The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is apologizing after asking customers to 'Hunt for the Indian' and secure discounts in Skowhegan, Maine.


Tribal organizations take on Washington NFL team with social media campaign
Tribal organizations take on Washington NFL team with social media campaign (November 3, 2017)

An organization representing more than 50 Northwest tribes has launched a social media campaign meant to shame the Washington NFL team.


Washington NFL player thinks it's 'cool' to sell t-shirts with logo of Indian head
Washington NFL player thinks it's 'cool' to sell t-shirts with logo of Indian head (November 2, 2017)

A player on the Washington NFL team is selling t-shirts featuring an 'Indian' head logo.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Sports teams continue to denigrate Indian people
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Sports teams continue to denigrate Indian people (October 13, 2017)

We are human beings and not mascots for America’s fun and games.


Mark Charles: Moving towards truth and reconciliation of our shameful history
Mark Charles: Moving towards truth and reconciliation of our shameful history (October 3, 2017)

Until we understand and acknowledge the racist and sexist history that our flag stood for, we will not be able to transform it into a reality that all Americans can stand for.


Restaurant based on NFL team's racist mascot goes out of business in Virginia
Restaurant based on NFL team's racist mascot goes out of business in Virginia (September 8, 2017)

Hail & Hog Kitchen and Tap barely lasted one football season and all of its burgundy-and-gold assets are on the auction block.


Private school outlaws Washington NFL team's racist gear for staff and students
Private school outlaws Washington NFL team's racist gear for staff and students (August 30, 2017)

The private Green Acres School in Maryland has banned staff and students from wearing gear with the Washington NFL team's racist mascot.


University bans 'war chant' at games years after retiring Chief Illiniwek mascot
University bans 'war chant' at games years after retiring Chief Illiniwek mascot (August 25, 2017)

A stereotypical 'war chant' song will no longer be performed at University of Illinois games.


Seneca Nation citizen maintains five-year protest against NFL team's racist legacy
Seneca Nation citizen maintains five-year protest against NFL team's racist legacy (August 15, 2017)

Stephen Rivera, a citizen of the Seneca Nation, has staged a one-man protest against the Washington NFL team at the team's training camp in Richmond, Virginia.


Ezra Rosser: NFL team's racist trademarks sanctioned by our highest court
Ezra Rosser: NFL team's racist trademarks sanctioned by our highest court (July 31, 2017)

A fan's choice to sport the Washington NFL team's logo shows either indifference or racism and in many cases is a combination of both, Ezra Rosser writes on Indian Country Media Network.


Cleve Davis: Racist and colonizing language deeply embedded in America
Cleve Davis: Racist and colonizing language deeply embedded in America (July 25, 2017)

Native Americans struggle with derogatory names and symbols every day, Cleve Davis writes on Indian Country Media Network.


Cronkite News: Navajo activist vows fight against racist NFL mascot
Cronkite News: Navajo activist vows fight against racist NFL mascot (June 20, 2017)

Native advocates vowed to continue their fight against the 'racist' name of the Washington Redskins, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that use of such names is protected by the First Amendment.


Change the Mascot campaign responds to negative Supreme Court decision
Change the Mascot campaign responds to negative Supreme Court decision (June 19, 2017)

Leaders in Indian Country continue to call on the Washington NFL team to eliminate its 'hateful and degrading' name.


Supreme Court ruling poses hurdle for opponents of racist NFL mascot
Supreme Court ruling poses hurdle for opponents of racist NFL mascot (June 19, 2017)

A landmark decision from the nation's highest court threatens the long-running case against the Washington NFL team's racist mascot.


Bill in Massachusetts outlaws use of 'Indian' mascots in schools
Bill in Massachusetts outlaws use of 'Indian' mascots in schools (June 7, 2017)

Lawmakers in Massachusetts held a public hearing for a bill that outlaws the use of Indian imagery in public schools.


Native architect's case against racist 'Chief Wahoo' name proceeds
Native architect's case against racist 'Chief Wahoo' name proceeds (June 6, 2017)

Famed Native architect Douglas Cardinal will be allowed to proceed with a complaint against the racist mascot of the Cleveland professional baseball team.


Activist Tara Houska lands on cover for magazine's 'New Icons' issue
Activist Tara Houska lands on cover for magazine's 'New Icons' issue (May 15, 2017)

The citizen of the Couchiching First Nation has been at the forefront of the battles against racist mascots and the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Tim Giago: Charlene Teters stood her ground against racist mascot
Tim Giago: Charlene Teters stood her ground against racist mascot (May 8, 2017)

Imagine if you will a scene that took place more than 30 years ago on the campus of the University of Illinois.


Professional baseball team feels pressure to drop racist mascot
Professional baseball team feels pressure to drop racist mascot (April 18, 2017)

The head of Major League Baseball wants to see 'Chief Wahoo' phased out.


Original Americans Foundation sends fewer contributions to tribes
Original Americans Foundation sends fewer contributions to tribes (April 17, 2017)

The foundation donated nearly $1.6 million in its second year of operation, far less than the $3.7 million in the prior year.


Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians enter into mascot agreement
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians enter into mascot agreement (April 4, 2017)

The Rogue River School District will keep its 'Chieftain' mascot and add tribal history to the curriculum


Grand Ronde Tribes secure approval of school mascot agreement
Grand Ronde Tribes secure approval of school mascot agreement (March 24, 2017)

The Oregon tribe is working with public schools to address their use of Indian imagery and to include tribal history in the classrooms.


Alison Black: Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes wrong on racist mascot
Alison Black: Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes wrong on racist mascot (March 6, 2017)

Endorsing the El Reno Indian Spirit Charter Indian mascot sends the wrong message.


Tiffany Midge: Sorry America but this relationship isn't working out
Tiffany Midge: Sorry America but this relationship isn't working out (November 15, 2016)

'I hope you figure yourself out and someday get your life and your country together.'


Speculation about Donald Trump welcoming NFL team -- and its racist mascot -- back to DC
Speculation about Donald Trump welcoming NFL team -- and its racist mascot -- back to DC (November 11, 2016)

Will the new Republican president change everything, except the racist mascot?


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Michael Haney fought racist mascot up until to his death
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Michael Haney fought racist mascot up until to his death (November 11, 2016)

The team that got beat was one that activist Michael Haney, a Seminole Indian with a trace of Sioux blood, had been fighting to change their name and logo until the day he died.


Pro-Donald Trump group debuts ad about NFL team's racist mascot
Pro-Donald Trump group debuts ad about NFL team's racist mascot (November 7, 2016)

The ad features an all-White, all-male group of football fans who are portrayed as having game day ruined by Democrat Hillary Clinton.


Ed Rice: Cleveland baseball team cursed by a real Indian player
Ed Rice: Cleveland baseball team cursed by a real Indian player (November 1, 2016)

'Just a walk around the grounds of Cleveland’s Progressive Field makes very clear how little respect the team has for Louis Sockalexis.'


Tim Giago: No one feels honored by racist and offensive mascots
Tim Giago: No one feels honored by racist and offensive mascots (October 24, 2016)

Watch the World Series this week and let the image of the hideous, racist logo of the Cleveland Indians dance before your eyes.


Native architect in Canada loses complaint against racist mascot
Native architect in Canada loses complaint against racist mascot (October 18, 2016)

Attorney: 'You could not call a team the New York Jews. Why is it OK to call a team the Cleveland Indians?'


Native architect in Canada files complaint over U.S. baseball team's racist mascot
Native architect in Canada files complaint over U.S. baseball team's racist mascot (October 17, 2016)

Douglas Cardinal has 'had enough' of the offensive Cleveland team's mascot.


Native students condemn 'racist' images used in official program at Yale University
Native students condemn 'racist' images used in official program at Yale University (October 12, 2016)

Officials at the Ivy League institution apologized for the use of the stereotypical imagery.