I applaud and support the resolution that was submitted by INDIGENOUS ACTION, my question is - Where is the tribal support locally and nationally ? When a state board of education, like that in Washington, contemplates the eradication of Native mascots, we should be all over it, and at the very least making a supportive statement. To the detriment of the subject though, The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, through their Public Relations spokesperson, Deb Croswell, strenously adds, " We don't have a formal position on it ." (Tri-City Herald) Wow, I hope you did not have to call a special council meeting to arrive at that ingeneous deduction. Another example written in the same article of the Tri-City Herald, quotes a Makah Tribal Member, Terri Mc Quillen, as stating " That is so ridiculous, I was taught to be proud to be a redskin". That un-educated and un-informed type of statement is why Native mascots continue to exist today in America. The native silence and "head in the sand" approach has hurt our people for many decades. The inability to comprehend that silence implies approval, has and will continue to harm the future generations of our people. We need to stand up, speak out and if necessary, litigate these issues in their court systems. As to the Washington Board of Education's efforts, I appaud them. I might remind them that if any educational institution receives Federal funding of any sort, laws already exist to address and deny future funding due to discriminatory practices, and mascots are a form of discrimination and conduct. To the Northwestern Tribal Nations, I would only implore upon them to educate themselves on these issues that effect the majority of tribal nations across this nation, so that you can at the very least provide a more substantive answer, rather than, " We don't have a formal position on it". aho.