LV Support to Change Western HS Mascot

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Kai Merrill
Nov 13, 2021
People not mascots

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Heather Henley
Nov 5, 2021
People are not mascots.

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Keelin Everly-Lang
Nov 5, 2021
#PeopleNotMascots

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Alison Dawley
Nov 5, 2021
Nevada has a proud indigenous population and we don't need this harmful imagery especially in our schools.

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Kaelin Horne
Nov 5, 2021
Dear Legislator, I am Rae, and I am writing to you today to condemn the racist Native mascots that reside in your state. Other states such as Maine and Colorado have recognized that these mascots are a detriment to the public education system. While there is an argument that these mascots are in the best pursuit of providing Indigenous representation, there is also a negative subconscious impact on Native and non-Native people’s perception of Indigenous people and culture. Historically, Natives have not been treated as human beings. This has been seen through the atrocities such as residential schools, the Long Walk, the Trail of Tears, and mass genocide through colonization, and now Native mascots. Native people are not caricatures. Native people are not a monolith, they are diverse in customs and values. These mascots that highlight only certain aspects of Native cultures are not an accurate depiction of the rich and diverse Native walks of life. It has been proven that Native children that are overly exposed to racist stereotypes are more likely to have lower self-esteem, distance themselves from their culture, have a lower belief in personal achievement, and worsen mood. In light of the horrors of residential schools taking the nation’s stage, I feel this is the best time to take action and make public education safer and more beneficial for Indigenous students. To do so, I am asking you to use your position as a State Legislator to work to eliminate the use of Native Mascots in Nevada. By bringing forth a bill alongside the aforementioned states, tax-payer’s funds will no longer be used to propagate harmful and dehumanizing depictions of Indigenous people—a vital step in reckoning with our nation’s past. As it stands, Nevada has 3 native mascots, meaning that out of our ~217 public secondary schools, around 1 in 73 continue to make a mockery out of Indigenous people. Please join the movement of declaring that our Native children are People, not Mascots by bringing forth this monumental legislation in our state. https://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_129th/billtexts/HP069901.asp https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-116 Sincerely, Rae

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Kenya N.
Nov 4, 2021
This school has been around forever, it’s time to get rid of the racist mascot

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kaylee mcneal
Oct 11, 2021
it is not appropriate to use culture as a mascot for people to make fun of.

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Karsyn Wilson
Oct 11, 2021
I’m signing because a culture is not a mascot. It’s dehumanizing.

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Amelia Farlow
Oct 11, 2021
Cultures are not mascots

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Destin Smith
Oct 11, 2021
It's is ridiculous and disgusting that they are making indigenous people into a mascot, and it makes native students more unsafe