Natives Message to Mascot & Logos in Sports Teams #HTTR Rebuke from Sarah LittleRedfeather on Vimeo.
Joe Brusky Photography of the Overpass Light Brigade writes Indigenous Groups in Wisconsin Respond to Washington’s Team Trademark Cancelation
#NotYourMascot Overpass Light Brigade IdleNoMore Wisconsin
In response to Trademark Ruling Canceling the R*DSKINS patent being deemed as “disparaging to native americans,” our Wisconsinite native community with allies’ message was a milestone celebration recognition … Its TIME and we came out to express this clear message that our culture matters.
We are #ProudToBe Menominee, Ojibwe, Anishinaabe, Stockbridge-Munsee-Mohican, Oneida, Potawatomi, Bad River, Ho-Chunk, mother, father, sister, brother, veterans, Wisconsinites, Lacrosse players, and Supporter’s of #NotYourMascot
IdleNoMore Wisconsin | #NFL #NotYourMascot
“My mind goes immediately to the historical, LITERAL meaning of the word “redskin” and I find it so shameful, so ugly, so dehumanizing. I can’t believe that anyone who calls themselves a human being, could feel good about that word, let alone lionize a team around it” - Siobhan Marks, Ojibwe
“The importance about the movement in getting race based mascots and logos out of the American public representation is growing. If it was just American Indians protesting, that would be a small minority voice that is hardly heard. That is why the small and large movements like the Overpass Light Brigade taking a stance on this is huge. It reflects the multi-cultural commitment and brings the conversation to a far wider audience, than First Nations population could on their own. Thanks to all those who came out!” - Marin Webster Denningm Oneida Nation
“Living as your mascot is not an honor, it is a dishonor. If you feel you want to honor us so much, then do your homework and read the origin of the term “redskin”. Think before you speak and you shall learn something new. You disrespect our ancestors, our elders, and our children when you mock us.” - Kelly Murphy, Menominee Nation
“The U.S. Paton Trademark Office’s decision based upon the message of what our native communities have expressed for generations, gives us another voice which has been silenced over deep pockets of powerful organizations that drown out the communities that they are supposedly meant honor. Well, its no honor. The U.S. Patent Office decision is a momentum milestone … our nations deserve the respect, and dignity to our cultural identity. Washington will always have their team, but our Cultural Identity should not be painted as #redface in mascots. If Blackface isn’t tolerated then why is Redface? Its the same thing. Its extremely detrimental to our native youth and its stereotyping causing pain and confusion.”
“Like the ruling states, it does, disparage to, which is an understatement, Native Americans. We are a people, not a mascot. Our Cultural Identity is Sacred, and it belongs to our communities not a NFL, MLB or NHL franchise branding. My mother, Minnesota Chippewa Band of White Earth Tribal enrolled, back in the 70’s was protesting Washington, and other mascots so its not new.”
“Of course we are told to get over it, and we are being too sensitive about it. I repeat over and over, our cultural identity is sacred, and its ours to have and not meant to be painted as redface in a mascot. We were denied that for decades and in 1978, we finally were able legally to have the religious freedom which includes our cultural identity.” And, last note … Boozhoo Cleveland Indian Chief Wahoo, and Kansas Chiefs, we haven’t forgotten about you and your disgraceful stereotyping racist mascots, logos, and painted in costume fans who continue to mock our culture. - Sarah LittleRedfeather - Mother, Veteran’s Daughter, and an Ogichidaa Anishinaabekwe
CELEBRATE Our Navajo Women who took on the Washington R*dskins from Sarah LittleRedfeather on Vimeo.
“When the status of a Native American is demoted to that of a caricature, we are objectified and diminished as a people. We become entertainment, not fellow citizens. How are you supposed to take me seriously if all you see is the stereotypical image of the Hollywood or sports mascot Indian? - Simon Moya-Smith
Seek out the national campaign of native nations on the social media, and see their responses with their use of hastags #ProudToBe #NotYourMascot #Not4Sale #Dechief #PeopleNOTMascots You also view for more information of other native nations and allies taking action here: www.ChangeTHEMascot.org www.eonm.org www.indianmascots.com
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