Brown Hall at South Dakota State University (top left), the Chief Short Cake math assignment handed out by a Lakeland Union High School teacher in Wisconsin (top right), the cowboys and Indians theme party thrown at the University of Denver in March (bottom left) and one of the offensive banners from the homecoming game at Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown, New York (bottom right).

Rash of Racism Toward Native Americans in Schools

ICTMN Staff
11/24/12

Seems there’s been an abundance of racially charged news coming out of schools across the country over the last couple months.

In October, Indian Country Today Media Network reported on the Syracuse, New York mom who was appalled by the game of “Cowboys and Native Americans” played in her son’s elementary school as well as the racial epithet against Native Americans written in the dormitory bathroom of Brown Hall at South Dakota State University.

Then, there was the Chief Short Cake math assignment handed out by a Lakeland Union High School teacher in Wisconsin.

There were also the offensive banners from the homecoming game at Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown, New York.

And we’re sure this just scratches the surface. There are also the many mascot issues that still plague the country including the Fighting Sioux in North Dakota and the Washington Redskins.

And remember the cowboys and Indians theme party thrown at the University of Denver in March?

While all of these schools seemed to handle the incidents well and many led to teachable moments for those involved, what can be done to better teach everyone more cultural sensitivity before the incidents occur?

Especially now during November, which is Native American Heritage Month.

Read all the school racism articles here:

New York Mom Offended By ‘Cowboys and Native Americans’ Game at Son’s Elementary School

Racism at South Dakota State University in the Form of Bathroom Graffiti

Chief Short Cake Math Assignment Gaffe Has Lac du Flambeau Members Urging Cultural Sensitivity

Students to Apologize for Cowboys and Indians Party

Offensive Banners Waved at Homecoming Game in New York

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I think it might make sense for these on or near schools to refrain from making a warrior or brave a mascot. It doesn't excuse derogatory banners, but it does seem to blur the line of what is and is not appropriate, trivial or open to satire.
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