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Native American Mascots

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July 17, 2020 – After decades of Native American advocates fighting the racial slur in the name of the Washington, DC, football team, the NFL team announced it will retire the name and logo and end its use of the R-word. The Black Lives Matter movement is credited for raising awareness of Indian mascots in the wake of racial justice rallies brought on by the police killing of George Floyd. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales hears from Native writers and advocates who say work on the issue is not over. 

Antonia Gonzales 

Suzan Shown Harjo, DC area Native rights advocate  
Rhonda LeValdo, journalist and instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas  
Sunnie Clahchischiligi, UNM doctoral student and sports writer 

For More Information: 
Washington Announces Nickname, Mascot RetirementWashington Post 

Washington Team Retires MascotNavajo Times 

Cochiti Pueblo Artist ‘Elated’ at DecisionSanta Fe New Mexican 

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