Petition update

Your support has exceeded all expectations

Lilli LeVan
Bellefontaine, OH, United States

Jul 19, 2020 — 

Hi all, 

Lilli and I would like to start by thanking you for your support. This petition has gained more momentum than we ever thought, and that is because of YOU! Recently, we have surpassed 1,000 signatures, hundreds more than we ever expected. We are grateful to be in this work of decolonization with you. Together, we can do great things! 

Recently, Amanda Blackhorse, a citizen of the Navajo Nation and the lead plaintiff in Blackhorse v. Pro Football Inc., added our petition to her website, We are so happy to receive her and her followers’ support. 

As many of you may be aware, we have received backlash from citizens in and outside of our community, but that is not stopping us. As Kate Waldman said, "You may have subconsciously developed your strong negative feelings about racism in order to escape having to help dismantle it"; this perfectly sums up the emotion that so many are feeling about this change. However, we will not stop until change is made. 

Lilli and I are aware that this change is not going to happen in a month, this work takes time. For example, Indigenous peoples and allies have been advocating for the change of the Washington NFL team name for over 30 years. 

Some have asked about the next steps in this process. First, support Indigenous peoples by listening, reading, sharing, or donating. Secondly, we are looking for alumni, students, and faculty of BCS to write letters to the Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education in support of changing the mascot and improving the education of our town’s history. If you are interested, please contact Lilli or me via Facebook, and we can give you more information. Thirdly, sign other petitions that encourage changing Native mascots.

We are doing great things, together. 

Thank you, 

Caroline Eader and Lilli LeVan

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