I am happy to see the author take a committed stand. This follows an oversight hearing that the Senate Indian Affairs held on the issue on May 5th (see webcast of hearing on Senate website). I have long agreed that (humanistic) mascots are not in the best interests of any culture. Being Native myself, I also believe that similiar humanistic mascots should not be in Indian schools so as to show to the world the respect mankind should have for one another at least here on this continent. Change is needed internally first universally and unanimously if Indian Country is to gain respect that has long eluded our culture. There can only be one path and all tribes and schools must be part of the solution. I just have as yet not seen or heard anyone take a stand to change Indian school mascots if they are in this category whether tribally/locally approved. Afterall, are we not in the time of "change, yes we can". It is my hope to live to see all schools in the U.S be accommodating to change their mascots accordingly if currently "humanistic".
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 18:00