20th Anniversary - No Native American Mascots at H. Grady Spruce High School!
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20 years ago in August of 1997, through the concerted efforts of leaders within the Dallas Independent School District, all American Indian mascots were eliminated from schools within DISD's jurisdiction. It has come to the attention of the Dallas American Indian community that a petition has recently been created to encourage support to reverse that decision and bring back the "Apaches" mascot to H.Grady Spruce High School, which now operates as the "Timberwolves."
Research has shown that the continued use of American Indian mascots, symbols, images, and personalities has a negative effect on not only American Indians students but all students by:
- Undermining the educational experiences of members of all communities-especially those who have had little or no contact with Indigenous peoples. The symbols, images and mascots teach non-Indian children that it's acceptable to participate in culturally abusive behavior and perpetuate inaccurate misconceptions about American Indian culture.
- Establishes an unwelcome and often times hostile learning environment for American Indians students that affirms negative images/stereotypes that are promoted in mainstream society. (http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots.aspx
Unfortunately, the symbol that some choose to hang on to as a means of reminiscence is highly problematic to all students and the thought of reversing a decision that has been in effect for 20 years shows the blatant lack of respect to American Indian culture and the first inhabitants of this soil.
Stand with us and make your voices heard! We will not tolerate the attempt to overrule the decision that 20 years ago set an incredible example for school districts across the nation!
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