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.
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**Thank you Barbara M. for sending these to post!
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!
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All of the following have either completely retired their "Indian" symbols, mascots, and nicknames or retained a generic nickname >>>
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.”
Still stands in Salmon, Idaho today 2010.
Thank you Salmon School District #291 for retiring the "INDIAN HEAD" mascot to become models of respect for human dignity.
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.
Tana Kellogg - Superintendent Salmon School Dist #291
907 Sharkey Salmon, ID 83467
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 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 >>)
Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho :: Opinion Pages
My two cents worth - Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho
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.
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.
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
"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.
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 >>>
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.
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