I strongly oppose the use of native imagery and racial slurs as team mascots and nicknames. These displays are in no way "honoring" any Native American, living or deceased.
We need your help to counter the weak and baseless statements of the Washington team owner and NFL Commissioner, they claim that Indian Country does not support the removal of these disrespectful emblems and nicknames that do not honor Native peoples and harm our Native youth.
We have been urged to continue to send copies of letters, resolutions, and statements that reflect the opposition of our councils, school boards, and communities to the NCAI in Washingotn D.C.
These messages and comments are being put to good use in an effort to combat Dan Snyder's claims by the National Congress of American Indians in Washington D.C.
Now is the time to raise our collective voices. lets get this done!
##### PLEASE ##### If you are a native American please put in Parenthesis your tribal affiliation i.e. (Yurok) next to your last name. This is IMPORTANT to show how there is complete opposition to racist mascots from all tribes and non-native alike
I strongly oppose the use of Native Americans as sports mascots. I also do not agree with the use of dictionary defined racial slurs as team names. Native American mascots are in no way "honoring" any Native American, living or deceased, and is just a blatant form of accepted racism that needs to end. With the continued disregard, and mistreatment of native peoples cultures, teams like the Washington Redskins not only empower, but encourage cultural misappropriation and the continued stereotyping of the American Indian. Multiple independent psychological studies have determined that regardless of team(s) intent, psychological harm is often the consequence of repeated exposure to negative imagery and racial epithets. It seems a prudent time for the National Football League and the United States Government to take a stand against institutions like this which serve to neither elevate nor educate about the subject or the people.
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