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Houston school board votes to stop using Native American mascot names

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 30th, 2013 Last Updated on: December 30th, 2013

The Houston school board gave preliminary approval to a policy to stop using mascot names such as “Redskins” that reference Native American culture and have been called offensive by advocacy groups.

The Houston Independent School District is one of the largest in the United States and its decision could influence other school systems that are reconsidering mascot names that may be inappropriate. Another vote will be taken in January for final approval of the policy.

The use of ethnic team names and mascots came under new scrutiny this year with a campaign to pressure the National Football League's Washington Redskins to change their name.  Native Americans and others have long condemned the “Redskins” moniker as racist.



Should the board give final approval to the policy, four school mascots would be affected: The Lamar High School Redskins, the Hamilton Middle School Indians, the Welch Middle School Warriors and the Westbury High School Rebels. The “rebel” name has been seen as a reference to the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Read more about the pending policy change on Reuters.


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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J Reuben Silverbird

The Houston school board gave preliminary approval to a policy to stop using mascot names such as “Redskins” that reference Native American culture and have been called offensive by advocacy groups. Surely other School Systems will follow the example, like Alabama who wrongly used, a huge banner, with “Trail of Tears” on it, during their recent Games. School Systems will come to understand the human race that still searches for ways to regain much of their lost Pride and Dignity.

After years of long debate, by many advocacy groups, the Houston school system board has finally opened up their hearts in favor of the Original Natives of America.

Sam Houston, this honest and great humanitarian thinker, who genuinely loved our people: and was aware of the destiny that awaited us against his white race. He will rest easier today, for he truly championed our cause. He fought in Washington, with the likes of Andrew Jackson, than President of the USA, for Original Natives to have our own Republic within the USA, similar to, San Marino, Republic within Italy and Monaco in France. Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the Houston School System, today you are not only doing something for the Original Natives of America, but for the memory of a true human being, whom Mr. Jackson referred to as, “Indian loving Sam Houston.”

Rod

It’s degrading to a people which I belong, because of my lineage. Racism is a power structure. The biggest reason that this is a problem, is because this is a clear example of the commodification of a bloody history of oppression. Natives were slaughtered, forcablely removed from ancient, sacred lands, and had white culture imposed upon them. We aren’t a caracature, we’re a history.;)

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