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Posted 10-26-2009
Anti-racism: NIEA Resolution passes, calling for the elimination of race-based Indian logos & mascots.

The National Indian Education Association calls for immediate elimination of race-based Indian logos, mascots, and names from educational institutions throughout the nation.

The resolution was passed at the NIEA's 40th annual national convention, which was held in Milwaukee October 22-25. The NIEA is our nation's oldest and largest Indian education organization.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

RESOLUTION
**Thank you Barbara M. for sending these to post!


10/12/09 Still Playing The Name Game - D.C. 's football team fighting to keep its moniker  D.C.

By Gary Norris Gray - "One more note of interest if this school accepts federal monies from the United States of America then they cannot discriminate against any group or person, this is the law.

If this school returns to the Savage Head and mascot they will be sued and lose because its federal law. If this school is seculiar or private they can use any mascot or logo they wish but that would be a very unpopular move. "

**Thanks for the support Gary, will keep you posted!

And also, thanks for posting this article on your website:
Less Than Noble 'Savages'
Sending sweet kisses to Salmon, Idaho


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11/06/09  Forum editorial: Quit stalling on UND Sioux logo  North Dakota

11/05/09  Thursday panel wants Chippewa nickname changed  Michigan

10/28/09  When the name game gets offensive  National

10/21/09  On the sidelines, the sad symbol of a sorry tradition   D.C.

10/17/09 Fulton begins process of selecting school mascot  New York

10/13/09 Schram: Renaming Redskins a cause we can all support  D.C./National


American Indian Sports Team Mascots

This page is dedicated to those whose wisdom, courage, leadership, and vision have provided a  meaningful step toward a better education system and society.

All of the following have either completely retired  their "Indian" symbols, mascots, and nicknames or retained a generic nickname >>>


Twenty-one Wisconsin School Districts have become models of respect for human dignity by changing their "Indian" logos >>


School going with Redhawks - CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- After more than 80 years, Southeast Missouri State University will no longer use Indians as a nickname.


Arkansas State chancellor forms committee to solicit ideas for new mascot

AP - JONESBORO, Ark. -- The chancellor at Arkansas State said Wednesday the school would retire its Indian mascot, targeted by an NCAA ban on mascots that are ethnically or racially hostile or abusive. (Has been changed to the ASU RED WOLVES)


Regardless of original intent, relative attractiveness, or degree of cherished attachment, an "Indian" logo and the school traditions that grow up around it present harmful stereotypes of living people and living cultures to students in the school environment. "Indian" logos do not honor Indian people; these logos are nothing more than outmoded, culturally demeaning symbols of oppression. >>>


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Indian Mascot & Logo Taskforce - Advocacy Tools ...twenty-one Wisconsin School Districts have become models of respect for human dignity by changing their "Indian" logos, mascots, nicknames, cheers...

ASA Statement = Statement of the American Sociological Association calling to discontinue American Indian Mascots, Logos, and Nicknames.

Fryberg Dissertation = Abstract of 5 empirical studies finding Indian stereotypes cause harm to Indian students, and a false boost for non-Indian students.

Fryberg et al 2008 = Abstract of 4 empirical studies finding Indian stereotypes cause harm to Indian students' self-esteem and sense of community, and narrow the conception of roles they may come to fill in the future.


Will the words "merciless Indian savages" ever be removed from the Declaration of Independence? >>>


The obligation the nation acknowledges toward wolf and salmon recovery efforts is dwarfed by the responsibility it faces in treating fairly the people who played such a crucial role in advancing the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


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Kathy Morning Star, director of the American Indian Cultural Support, states:

“It is the responsibility of educators to set the example and teach the youth

of today to respect other ethnic or minority peoples - NOT to exploit or

disrespect them by using them as 'mascots' or

stereotypical 'images' which perpetuates racism."


Michele LaRock, Chairperson, of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association affirmed the resolution and the efforts of the taskforce stating:

It’s wonderful that people are standing up for our children.

Because that’s the bottom line of our sovereignty,

protecting our most valuable resource - our children, our future.”

SALMON SAVAGES STILL STANDS TODAY

Still stands in Salmon, Idaho today 2010.

Sacajawea Shoshoni

Thank you Salmon School District #291 for retiring the "INDIAN HEAD" mascot to become models of respect for human dignity.

Sacajawea Shoshoni

It is not the intention of the Salmon School District to bring back the "Chiefs" head as a mascot for Salmon High School. We realize there are some in Salmon who would like to do this, but this idea is not coming from the District.

The District is actively working to find alternatives and an acceptable resolution.

Thank you.

Tana Kellogg - Superintendent Salmon School Dist #291

907 Sharkey Salmon, ID 83467

Sacajawea Shoshoni

Salmon schools will abandon Savages mascot
September 16, 1999 - Associated Press - SALMON, Idaho - The Salmon School Board has decided to change the Salmon Savages' Indian mascot after being told by attorneys that fighting a lawsuit being threatened by a national coalition would cost more than $100,000.

The National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media said it would file suit against the district if the Savages do not get rid of their Indian head logo. Indian mascots, especially those coupled with names such as Savage, are derogatory and offensive, coalition members said.

Last month the Illinois-based organization demanded a decision within 45 days and wanted the district to sign a memorandum of agreement saying they would get rid of both the logo and the name, and add Indian studies to the high school curriculum. The board voted not to sign the memorandum, and school board chairman Steve Lish said it would take longer to change the logo.

Local attorneys said fighting the name change in court could cost more than $100,000. In a district where teachers who do not scrimp on paper can find themselves without by the end of the year, a court battle is not an option, board members said. According "The evolution of the Savage mascot" as stated in the Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho, Nov. 5, 2009.to a timeline for responding to the coalition's demands, in January 2000 students and the community would select a new mascot/logo and a name if they wish. This month and next, the district will begin informing students and community groups. That will be followed in November with presentations on possible mascots. The board will make and announce its decision in December, and by the 2000-2001 school year the new mascot would be in place.

"The evolution of the Savage mascot," racist mascots used by the Salmon Savage High School from 1934-1999, printed by the Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho, Nov. 5, 2009. (Right >>)

Sacajawea Shoshoni

Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho :: Opinion Pages

My two cents worth - Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho


Dear Editor:

I'd like to put in my own "two cents" on Ms. Ungaretti's column (below) in last week's The Recorder Herald.

She advocates the return of the portrait of a Native American as the "emblem" of the Salmon Savages,
and insists that the word "savage" has no negative connotations, merely meaning "not domesticated or under human control, untamed."

Ms. Ungaretti, if it's inconvenient for you to wrestle with a heavy old dictionary when you're right in the middle of a biased rant, just go to www.dictionary.com.

Read carefully and you'll find that your definition of "untamed" refers to the use of the word when describing animals.

Since even you would be forced to admit, if you were cornered on it, that Native Americans are human beings, you'll see that the word means "uncivilized, fierce, brutal, cruel, unpolished, rude, boorish," etc., when describing people.

You probably have a thicker hide than I do, Ms. Ungaretti, but personally I feel a little insulted when foreigners use these terms to describe my people, the oft-misunderstood American race.

Then again, let's look a bit at our local history. Without the help of the noble Sacajawea and her people, the Agai Dika, our white heroes would have starved.

Without the leadership of the noble Tendoy the Lemhi people would have probably joined up with Chief Joseph to wipe out young salmon City.

When you whine "why do you think they picked on Salmon," Ms. Ungaretti, if you have any shame at all, rereflect on the friendship that was extended to the first whites here. I won't tell you how it was repaid. Read up on it.

Savages! If you feel that "the only problem is that the Salmon Savages has no logo, mascot," Ms. Ungaretti, I have the solution: keep the Savages logo, as its so very dear to you, but make the mascot historically accurate: a portrait of a leering, bearded white man holding up a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a lying treaty in the other.

Peter McNevin
Lemhi



GO SAVEWAY SAVAGES!!!


Thanks for the idea Peter!

Heres' my 102 cents worth (above), since it's been 102 years since the Lemhi-Shoshone people were removed by force after 12,000+ years of occupancy of the Lemhi Valley (Salmon, Idaho). The Lemhi people were stripped of federal recognition and exiled to Fort Hall, Idaho in 1907. Kel Ariwite - Lemhi-Shoshone descendant.

Sacajawea Shoshoni

Two more cents worth - Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho

Dear Editor: Peter McNevin failed to mention another "splendid service" the Lemhi people contributed to Lemhi County when they "ran all the Mormons completely out of this country," only to have them sneak back, one by one, and then run the Lemhi people out!

So it goes! Thar' aint no justice! Salmon city has never been the same without the native Lemhi peoples! They are sorely missed by this 'ol timer! Pete "you hit the nail squarely on the head" by your description of a logo, mascot!

It's neat to hear a native's opinion of this matter!

David L. Strode - Salmon, Idaho


Sacajawea Shoshoni

"Savage" isn't a negative word?! By Rob Schmidt

My two cents worth--Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho

Dear Editor: I'd like to put in my own "two cents" on Ms. Ungaretti's column in last week's The Recorder Herald.

She advocates the return of the portrait of a Native American as the "emblem" of the Salmon Savages, and insists that the word "savage" has no negative connotations, merely meaning "not domesticated or under human control, untamed."

Ms. Ungaretti, if it's inconvenient for you to wrestle with a heavy old dictionary when you're right in the middle of a biased rant, just go to www.dictionary.com. Read carefully and you'll find that your definition of "untamed" refers to the use of the word when describing animals. Since even you would be forced to admit, if you were cornered on it, that Native Americans are human beings, you'll see that the word means "uncivilized, fierce, brutal, cruel, unpolished, rude, boorish," etc., when describing people. You probably have a thicker hide than I do, Ms. Ungaretti, but personally I feel a little insulted when foreigners use these terms to describe my people, the oft-misunderstood American race.

Peter McNevin
Lemhi

The same page helpfully provides Dictionary.com's definitions:

Dictionary.com :: [Definition of sav-age ] Show Spelled Pronunciation [sav-ij] Show IPA adjective, noun, verb, -aged, -ag-ing. Use savage in a Sentence –adjective 1. fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts. 2. uncivilized; barbarous: savage tribes. 3. enraged or furiously angry, as a person. 4. unpolished; rude: savage manners. 5. wild or rugged, as country or scenery: savage wilderness. 6. Archaic. uncultivated; growing wild. –noun 7. an uncivilized human being. 8. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person. 9. a rude, boorish person. 10. a member of a preliterate society. –verb (used with object) 11. to assault and maul by biting, rending, goring, etc.; tear at or mutilate: numerous sheep savaged by dogs. 12. to attack or criticize thoroughly or remorselessly; excoriate: a play savaged by the critics. Origin: 1250–1300; ME savage, sauvage (adj.) < MF sauvage, salvage < ML salvāticus, for L silvāticus, equiv. to silv(a) woods + -āticus adj. suffix Related forms: sav-age-ly, adverb sav-age-ness, noun Synonyms: 1. wild, feral, fell; bloodthirsty. See cruel. 2. wild. 3. infuriated. 5. rough, uncultivated. 9. churl, oaf. Antonyms: 1. mild. 2, 4. cultured. 5. cultivated.

Comment: Ungaretti is almost literally 100% wrong.

Every definition has negative connotations except maybe no. 5--and that's only because it refers to land, not people. Oops. The stupidity of people trying to justify their stupid stereotypes never ceases to amaze me.

Judging by another posting, the Salmon Savages have gone a decade without their Indian mascot.

Has the school lost its accreditation or crumbled into dust? Have the students dropped out, turned to drugs, or committed suicide? Has eliminating the mascot has caused any tangible harm whatsoever? For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.

Below: Naturally, Salmon's mascot was a stereotypical Indian chief from outside the region.

Link to article posted Oct. 22, 2009 >>>

Sacajawea Shoshoni

Brought back by popular demand, the facebook forum where the people
of Salmon, Idaho want to bring their "Savage Head" back.


Click on the link above to view, comments below are from the forum.


Sacajawea Shoshoni

In WHOSE HONOR?
Posted: May 13, 2009
"How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong look like right." Black Hawk
Savage Country: American Indian Sports Mascots Part One
Savage Country: American Indian Sports Mascots Part Two
Savage Country: American Indian Sports Mascots Part Three

A clip from the docum. "IN WHOSE HONOR?"
Posted: May 13, 2009
How Hollywood stereotyped the Native Americans
Savage Country IV: Oklahoma Senate Bill 765 Anti-Discriminatory Mascot Act 2009
Is it Honorable or Racist to Use Native American Sports Mascots - Rick Eckstein - Villanova University
Posted: January 30, 2009

(11-08-2009) Many thanks for the kind note, Kel.  I once had a student from Salmon but had no idea of the school's mascot history.  Let's hope the forces of good prevail for a change.

Rick Eckstein - Dept. of Sociology - Villanova University - Villanova, PA 19085

Sacajawea Shoshoni

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