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.
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 Retirement – Washington Post
Washington Team Retires Mascot – Navajo Times
Cochiti Pueblo Artist ‘Elated’ at Decision – Santa Fe New Mexican