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1 "When someone says you are hurting them by your action, if you persist - then the harm becomes intentional." Barbara Munson (Oneida)

2 Natives as Mascots Native people are the only group of living people used as mascots in professional sports (NFL, MBL, etc.) None of these other images (left) would be seen as acceptable by the public.

3 Why are mascots offensive? "This is a human rights issue, we are being denied the most basic respect. As long as our people are perceived as cartoon characters or static beings locked in the past, our socio- economic problems will never be seriously addressed. Also, this issue of imagery has a direct correlation with violence against Indian people and the high suicide rate of our youth." Michael S. Haney (Seminole)

4 Natives are people not mascots In Illinois Native dolls were hung from trees and balconies when a rival team with a Native mascot was in town. In Arizona, Scalp the Indians was chalked in large letters on the lawn when a rival team with a Native mascot was in town. In South Dakota students wear The Sioux Suck shirts and chant this saying while playing a rival team with a Native mascot. The New York Post has headlines such as Tribe on Warpath and Take the Tribe and Scalp Em when the NY Yankees play the Cleveland Indians. High schools post Scalp the Indians when playing rival teams.

5 Fall 2006 at Dartmouth Fraternity pledges disrupted a drumming circle on Columbus Day The crew team held a Cowboys & Indians party Homecoming shirts showed a Holy Cross knight performing a sex act on an American Indian caricature This was the cover of the Dartmouth Review. 11/30/06www.cnn.com

6 Would Oregon allow this at a game? Students to wear afro wigs and black face? Perform half time shows as priests or nuns? Play gongs and slant their eyes with their fingers? Wave toy crucifixes every time the team scores? Yell Kill the Mexicans! How is this different than the way Native people are ridiculed at games now?

7 In our back yard… Aloha High School: Warriors, 6A Amity High School: Warriors, 3A Banks High School: Braves, 4A Chemawa Indian School: Braves, 3A Lebanon High School: Warriors, 5A Mohawk High School: Indians, 1A Molalla High School: Indians, 4A North Douglas HS: Warriors, 2A Philomath High School: Warriors, 4A Reedsport High School: Braves, 3A Rogue River HS: Chieftains, 4A Roseburg High School: Indians, 6A Scapoose High School: Indians, 4A Siletz Valley School: Warriors, 1A The Dalles Wahtonka HS: Eagle Indians, 5A Warrenton High School: Warriors, 3A (www.osaa.org/)www.osaa.org/

8 Oregon School Activities Assoc. Comprised of 279 schools Governs all regular athletic districts in the state Includes 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A schools. A member of the National Federation of High Schools

9 14 Types of Racial Mascots Indians/Eagle Indians- 5 Warriors- 7 Braves (Including Chemawa Indian Boarding School run by the BIA)- 3 Chieftains- 1

10 Why are Native mascots offensive? "Native mascots and symbols are all that the kids at school know about my people, and they make fun of me for following traditional ways. These fake images make me feel sick inside. They make fun of who I am. They imitate and mock our sacred feathers, dance and music. We honor our leaders, not use them as entertainment." Wayne Crue, 12 years old (Shoshone-Bannock )

11 Dont you want all your students in our Oregon schools to: Be educated? Feel safe? Feel empowered? Be respected?

12 Its Time for a Change 1988: Charlene Teters stands alone outside an Illini game to protest the use of Chief Illini. A movement is born. 2005: the NCAA prohibits the display of hostile and abusive racial/ethnic/national origin mascots, nicknames or imagery at any of the 88 NCAA championships (www.ncaasports.com)www.ncaasports.com 2006: the NCAA prohibits schools with hostile or abusive mascots, nicknames or imagery from hosting any NCAA championship competitions (www.ncaasports.com)www.ncaasports.com Going into 2007: However, high schools, colleges, and professional sports nationwide still use Native American mascots. Charlene Teters

13 Its Time for a Change Native people should be represented with true honor and respect. We as young people must begin the change. The Oregon Department of Education can help us make this change. Help us end the misrepresentation of our people through mascots.

14 Questions? I Am Not Your Mascot

15 Created By: Che Butler & Luhui Whitebear 2006


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