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Amanda Blackhorse: Mascot opponents won't stop despite poll

Amanda Blackhorse, in blue, organized a protest when the Kansas City Chiefs played in Arizona in December 2014. Photo from Arizona to Rally Against Native American Mascots / Facebook

Activist Amanda Blackhorse, a member of the Navajo Nation who is part of the Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc trademark challenge to the Washington NFL team's racist mascot, explains why a poll won't stop her from seeking justice:
On Friday, I was a part of a telephone press conference to make it clear to the public, to the Washington NFL team, and The Washington Post that our fight to eliminate the R-word is far from over.

We took a stand to demonstrate that a single poll conducted by The Washington Post will not shut us up, make us back down, nor does it make any difference in our fight.

The press conference, organized and moderated by the Change the Mascot Campaign, which included speakers such as Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative, the National Congress of American Indians’ Executive Director, Jacqueline Pata; James Fenelon, Professor of Sociology and Direct of Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at California State University at San Bernardino, Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, Professor of American Indian Studies and Psychology at the University of Washington, and last but not least, David Grosso, Washington D.C. Councilmember At-Large who introduced a resolution, which passed unanimously, calling on the Washington NFL team to change its name.

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