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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, left, and Jacqueline Keeler, right.

To MSNBC: Mascot Issue Is a ‘Conscious Raising Effort’

ICTMN Staff
8/9/14

Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry co-founder, Jacqueline Keeler,  was on MSNBC's All in With Chris Hayes to talk about the growing movement against Native mascots and names.

She told the show’s host, why all mascots have to go.

“We are stereotyped, we are marginalized, and our issues become obscure,” said Keller, who has worked in Native communities for 20 years. “Obscured by mascots. Everyone knows the mascots, they know the stereotypes, but they don’t know anything about us.”

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)said that the Native community represents only about 2-3 percent of the population and it’s even more difficult for them to be heard.

“Native people have raised the consciousness of people far from Native people, and now what we have is a movement in every part of the country,” said Holmes Norton. She also said that the change the mascot movement was a “consciousness raising effort lead by Native people.”

Watch the clip here.

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
it would be great IF racially-motivated, bigoted iamnotyour mascot naysayers, could confront and/or approach the US Federal Govt. and/or Tribal Nations of services not being disseminated to indian peoples. Why is there 60-70 percenter unemployment on the blackfeet reservation? Why did the Navajo Nation return 96 MILLION of unspent federal dollars back to the US Federal Govt? Where are the Casino revenues/profits going and how much precisely are indian people getting in return especially if "indian" is in their name?

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Can you say, "racism disguised as concern," or "don't you people have more important things to worry about than messing with my team's traditions?"

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
If the White people who complain most about Obama or spend an inordinate time rationalizing their racism put that energy to use we might all have enough heat to keep our homes comfortable this winter.

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
At least for the Navajo, the people would have had $96 MILLION in Federal funds invested into homes and houses that was GIVEN for investments - but those dollars were returned back - UNSPENT! But because of the racism and bigotry being spouted, Navajo people nor other indian tribal people are QUESTIONING Tribal GOvernments nor appealing to a White House Administration that promised the moon and/or sky on Federal Indian Affairs (at least on paper anyway). Complaining is what white people have done and it used to work, but isn't now….so where are the US Federal dollars going to while those that talk the loudess on 'race' complain?
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