Photos: Monument Valley Organizes Silent Protest Against Redskins

Photos: Monument Valley Organizes Silent Protest Against Redskins

By: 
ICTMN Staff
9/10/14

In Monument Valley, Utah, the Internet is not a ubiquitous tool for most members of the Navajo Nation. So, many stories on the Web or comments on social media about the Washington football team’s name-change debate were not heard.

But once the members learned more about the debate (by reading local newspapers and word of mouth), they organized a public protest against the team's name.

Ranielle Chavez, who has generational ties to Monument Valley and whose grandmother is longtime activist Katherine Smith, Navajo, left a Facebook message which included photos of residents protesting the team name.

Here’s what part of her message said:

My mother was born and raised in Monument Valley, Utah as well as my grandparents back to my great - great –grandparents, so my bloodline runs deep here. Many people in Monument Valley don't have access to the internet, cable, or social media, only printed Newspapers. I have spoken with some community members and in their support I’m taking it upon myself to speak out for the people who DO find the name [Redskins] offensive and DO want the name to be changed.


I visited my grandmother Katherine Smith who has fought for decades against the government on her homeland rights. I’ve asked her how she felt about the name "redskins" her answer was, “Washington does not care about native people, they do not care about our Mother Earth, and they do not care about our rights. They only care about money and any type of way they can make money off our land and off us." I've been to Washington many times and even been arrested for fighting for our land and rights. I will continue to until the day I die.”

You can read the entire message here.

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Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Ahéhee’ to all my Dine' cousins out there for chiming in! The efforts of Ms. Chavez will prove to be the undoing of all those NFL fans who are CONSTANTLY posting photos of the Code Talkers who were "honored" by the team as evidence that Natives are not bothered by the mascots or the name.. They are apparently having trouble realizing that four or five NDNs are NOT a majority.
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tmsyr11
Shimá sání aoo' aoo'…Would the Red Mesa (Navajo) Arizona School District, Red Mesa Community Navajo Chapter House, and Red Mesa High School Parents and students be watching or listening? 54 miles in walking/riding a horse due east along the Arizona-Utah State line in 17 hours. Or better yet, driving on on State Road 163/160 for 78 miles in 1:15 minutes. FYI, Friday night Red Mesa Redskins versus the Ganado Hornets.
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Flower
This is cool. I can relate and have family members who oppose the name, but have never used a computer or access social media.
Flower's picture
Flower
This is cool. I can relate and have family members who oppose the name, but have never used a computer or access social media.

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