Long running battles about using Indian peoples and tribal names and symbols as high school and college sports names and symbols continue. The "Fighting Sioux" mascot issue from the University of North Dakota has spawned litigation, NCAA rulings, and ongoing controversy.
The issue is also now at the forefront in the news in Oregon because the Oregon State Board of Education is considering banning the use of Native American mascots by public schools. LIsten to a one-hour Think Out Loud show on Oregon Public Radio from Wed. March 14 on this topic. http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/native-american-mascots/
Also, read an editorial by Se-ah-dom Edmo, who works at Lewis & Clark College's Graduate School of Education, on this topic. http://www.westernstatescenter.org/blog-and-discussion/i-am-a-person-not-a-mascot
The Oregon Department of Education has created a webpage on this issue: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3575
The webpage has the following:
· Report on the use of race based Native American Mascots.
· List of public schools currently using Native American Mascots
· Proposed draft rule under consideration by the State Board
· The video of the March 8, State Board meeting.
· Upcoming opportunities for public testimony
There is even an email address to provide feedback: ODE.NativeAmericanMascots@state.or.us