Law Against Caricatures (mascots)

An interesting article from Native News Network, here.  An excerpt:

DENVER – A state lawmaker wants Colorado schools with American Indian mascots to get approval to continue using them from the Native American community. If the mascots, names or imagery are not approved, and the school continues using it, the proposal would block the schools from receiving state funds.

Representative Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, said he plans to introduce the bill at the beginning of next year’s legislative session in January.

“We don’t have to give funding to a school or public education institution that wants to engage in derogatory behavior,” explained Representative Salazar.

There is an ongoing debate about Native American-themed mascots, one that has centered on the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

More than a dozen Colorado schools still have Indian-themed mascots, including Lamar High School, home of the Savages, Eaton High School, home of the reds, and the Yuma High School Indians.

The bill proposed by Salazar would allow the Native American community to decide if the mascots and imagery are offensive.

Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

An interesting exhibit from the National Museum of the American Indian, here. An explanation:

From a young age, most Americans learn about the Founding Fathers, but are told very little about equally important and influential Native diplomats and leaders of Indian Nations. Treaties lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States, and Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations is the story of that relationship, including the history and legacy of U.S.–American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present.


CHEROKEE CHAT: Scholarship Preparation 101

From Native American Times, here.  An excerpt:

First, academics should be the focus of school and not sports or other extracurricular activity if it means sacrificing college prep coursework, a high grade point average and ACT and SAT scores.  Academic results bring guaranteed scholarship dollars in many cases not to mention access to better institutions of higher learning.

Second, have your student learn how to complete forms themselves, write essays, practice reading comprehension which includes following instructions on written forms and learn basic research skills.  If the parent or grandparent is completing applications for the student, the student is not learning necessary skills for college or the workforce.  You do not want to work with the person whose parents did their homework for them.  Right?

Build a solid network of professionals who are not family.  Engage in paid or volunteer work experiences with this professional network, so you have a number of individuals who can write you great recommendation letters when you need them your Senior year of High School or even before Senior year.