Bill In Massachusetts Seeks to Ban Native American Mascots


From an article in Indian Country Today (full text).

A bill filed in Massachusetts last week could put an end to the use of Native American mascots at public schools in the state. Acting on behalf of her constituents, State Senator Barbara L’Italien filed a bill that takes direct aim at Native American caricatures, disparaging terms, and references, The Boston Globe reported.

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2 thoughts on “Bill In Massachusetts Seeks to Ban Native American Mascots”

    1. Hi John – thanks for stopping in. I don’t know you, so I have no means of knowing the thrust of your question. I do know of the Mohican chief John Konkapot, later of Stockbridge, MA; perhaps you are of that lineage.

      No, the mascot debate is not a major issue – there are certainly much larger challenges. Many of these larger challenges have been around for a very long time, and have had a hard time gaining much benefit or progress. Indeed, they are not even considered important to those in a position to assist and may even be losing what little ground they have gained. The mascot debate is small but highly symbolic. It brings attention to Native presence, and voices, and caring. So it does matter… it can be a springboard to the bigger things that can follow, once that attention is captured. I feel that keeping these things in perspective is important. It’s not a big deal, but it does matter.


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