Petition to Dallas Independent School District, American Indian Heritage Day in Texas
20th Anniversary - No Native American Mascots at H. Grady Spruce High School!
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!
Petition to Dr. Heisey
No Racism Starts with No Racist SPF
Hello, Scotch Plains-Fanwood. This petition is not anti-Raider Nation. It is not anti-Raider at all. It is only anti-Racism. Some things at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School need to change. The fact that derogatory logos are still being used, indigenous headdresses are still being culturally appropriated, and Raider Nation doesn't want to change it is concerning. My goal is to keep the raider name, but remove its ties from indigenous people all together. Almost all indigenous people are not raiders, so the logo does not make sense, and it is just a racial stereotype. Please sign to remove racism from our school. Thanks for the support!
Petition to Wando High Administration, Charleston County School District
Change Wando High School's Mascot
Racism is racism, no matter what. And at Wando High School, racism is promoted everyday by the usage of a "warrior" mascot—clearly a Native American. The depiction of this Native man is not entirely cartoonish, like many sports teams or schools, but it in and of itself is racist. Why? In short, it's disrespectful. Using any race, including Native races, as a mascot is harmful. Seeing a stereotypical Black or Asian person used as a cartoon or mascot would be racist, so why not a Native person? Natives are not just demographics. They are people that white people stole from, raped and murdered for their own benefit years ago and pushed to reservations and manipulated today. They are people that white people have hurt, and are now dressing up as at high school football games. Native people find this use of their culture and depiction not as an honor, but as racist. It dehumanizes them. It equals them to a character, not a group of people. This is why it needs to stop. Young kids go to these football games or see the mascot and think it's normal, or that it's okay. It's not. It's racism. It's normalized. And it needs to come to an end.
Petition to Walt Disney, The Walt Disney Company
Produce a realistic Disney film about the Abenaki.
Native American culture has been largely erased from popular media. Because of this many people don't understand their own backgrounds or the backgrounds. With the wonderful creation of Moana being a beautiful representation of Polynesian culture, we request the same of Abenaki culture.