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NCAI to Host a Briefing on Devastating Effects of Indian Sports Mascots

NCAI to Host a Briefing on Devastating Effects of Indian Sports Mascots
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The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is hosting a briefing to discuss the devastating effects that Indian sports mascots, logos, and symbols have on Native American youth and communities.

On December 5, civil rights advocates and representatives from tribal nations and organizations will meet at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to brief members of Congress, their staff, and the media about why these mascots have perpetuated negative stereotypes of America’s first people.

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The NCAI wrote in a press release that "Rather than honoring Native people these caricatures and stereotypes contribute to a disregard for the diverse cultural heritages of Native people."

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The briefing was coordinated through the offices of Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Congressional Native American Caucus Co-Chairs, and the office of Congressional Delegate Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS). It will also give the media access to those who have been leading the effort to end the legacy of derogatory sports mascots and logos.

Featured panelists include, Richard Guest, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund; Ahniwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association; Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indian; Suzan Shown Harjo, President, Morning Star Institute.

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