“Trail of Tears” Banner at High School Football Game

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 18th, 2013 Last Updated on: November 18th, 2013

Students at McAdory high school in Alabama taunted a rival school with the above sign, whose mascot just so happens to be an Indian.   A blogger wrote that as of Sunday the school has not addressed it and that local media hasn’t covered either.

“Last night, this sign went up at a McAdory High School football game.  I am absolutely disgusted that this sign was allowed to go up, and that it was not stopped by school administrators, and that after this, no one has mentioned it.  The school and the students have shown no remorse for the sign (as expected) and the students have claimed ignorance and/or that it was just a “joke”.  Sorry, but the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the death of thousands of Native Americans is not a joke.”

The high school has since issued an apology on the front page of their website.

More photos and outrage can be found on BuzzFeed.



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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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Red Bear

This indeed is very sad, I am of the cherokee and chickasaw nations. Forgive them for being unimformed or just mean.


do the teacher needa degree to teach? know the cheerleader got afield trip> did they have to say sorry to the native american


This was done in extreme poor taste in the very least. As a mixed blood woman, who is not tribally registered but who can trace her family back to the the trail of tears, I find it to be highly offensive and racially motivated.

Cheryl Mercer

I can’t believe they did that. Who was in charge and said “oh this is a good idea.” NOT!

Keith DiGiovanni

Was this sign crude and insensitive? You bet. I wrote a letter of protest to the school the day I read this. Since then, the principal has issued a heartfelt apology, a rational explanation for how this fell through the cracks, and has taken corrective action in re-educating these (and all) students at that school regarding the Removal Act of 1830. In my mind, the only other possible thing this principal could do would be to include a descendant of a survivor from the Trail of Tears at the classes on the Removal Act. That aside, give the man credit for an honest, heartfelt, and rational response…something most Native Americans rarely get. And accept that maybe this occurred in a timely fashion to illustrate how the demeaning, insulting, and hurtful actions of the Washington Redskins, and every other team named after Native Americans, can result in unintended harm.

Wilma Godwin

Just plain stupid! I guess they haven’t read any US History Books or maybe the school just doesn’t teach American History. The students knew about The Trail of T of don’t care administrators, teachers, parents and students. I suggest as an American Indian,we should protest and carry this injustice to court.


That is what is wrong with the world these days, parents let the kids have control. They are not disciplined as they should be. Parents are being lazy about teaching their kids right or wrong. If you don’t want to take control of your kids, then get yourself fixed. Kids these days do not respect elders like they used to. I am 43 years of age. When we have a family gathering, I feed my elders first, then the kids, then the men, and then I will sit down and eat. My grandma always taught me that if you are old enough to lay with a man then you are old enough to cook for him. These teachers are letting the kids take control like the parents do. So, my understanding is that teachers are teaching the way the parents are teaching. Very, very disgusted.

Drew Waepew-Awaehsaeh

I could NOT agree MORE with You on your comment Christi!!! Although I’m a tiny-bit “younger” than You (I’m only 41) I do NOT think “age” should be of any concern,when it comes to someone’s “wisdom”!!! As You’ve clearly shown in your response here!!! As for MY reply to this article? It wouldn’t be any different from yours,although……..the only thing I’d like to add…..is that by making a HUGE,dramatic deal out of this,doesn’t really HELP our cause here!!! OUR people (The Menominee-Tribe) have learned for centuries,to “adapt” and roll with the punches in the face of adversity,even in the face of brutal-contradiction such as this mean-spirited saying this school chose to make here. I definitely think the point was MADE here,when the principal of this school,chose to make an “apology” regarding this (though it came MUCH LATER than it should’ve!!!) but let’s let it rest instead of further angering all parties involved!!! ~Peace~

Thomas Simon Tourtillott

While this sign is politically messed up, it definately bring the “Indian Problem” to light. How many people know about the Indian Removal Act of 1830?


More people know about what the Nazi’s did to
The Jewish Nation… More people know about
Who won dancing with the stars ……. But alot
Of people have not been told about the Removal,
They Found “Gold” And wanted the “People’s”
Land …. And at the cost of many lives they Got it all
…. I am Really watching what I say here because
This Wrong. I live not to far from where people
We’re Herded like cattle to the State where I was
Born ! And the where Cherokee Rose grows ……

Linda Martinez

Post script to my previous comment. I’m sure these are the same people that CELEBRATE Columbus Day and believe that HE discovered America.

Linda Martinez

So, so sorry, ignorance has no explanation. I am 62 yrs. old and remember Trail Of Tears from history. It was that same brief history lesson that led me later on in years to actually read the book, “Trail of Tears.” It affected me so deeply, that at times if I think of it, I just want to cry. SHAME ON THEM!!!

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