The appropriation of American Indian imagery for use in high school athletics must end. People are not mascots. A mascot is a symbol that is animated by its fans. Reflected in an image, a name, and often a costume, a mascot is, at its core, a caricature of the group it aims to represent. American Indian mascots reduce the diaspora of indigenous communities to one stereotypical image and label. That image is then brought to life not by the community who it supposedly represents, but by players and fans who may know little about American Indian cultures and identities or may not have any connection to these groups except for playing on the land once belonging to them.
The webinar was held on April 28th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. To view a recording of the webinar, follow this link.