I grew up in New Mexico and knew many First Americans -- Blackfoot, Cherokee, Jemez, Navajo and Pueblo kids and adults. As a young student in the Dominican Order, I spent summers working on the Mille Lacs Ojibwa reservation in Minnesota and with Sioux and Objiwa in the Twin Cities. Later, I worked with wonderful First Americans at the Native American Center in Chicago. First Americans are proud people, often oppressed socially, culturally, and economically. WE deserve to stop humiliating them and they are entitled to their dignity and respect.
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We are calling on ESPN to immediately update its Editorial Guidelines for Standards and Practices to ban the use of all racial slurs in the network's media coverage. ESPN reaches millions of people via "six domestic networks, a major magazine, a heavily trafficked website and some of most trafficked and downloaded mobile apps, and a national radio network with hundreds of affiliates" according…
The term "redskin" was originally used to describe the scalps of Native Americans, that were sold for profit by Bounty Hunters. These scalps were sold alongside animal skins therefore dehumanizing and disrespecting the Native American people. Once called the Boston Braves, the Redskins dawned the new name in 1933 when they joined the NFL and received a new coach William "Lone Star" Dietz. The…
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