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Native American Mascot Controversy Takes Center Stage at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's
National Museum of the American Indian presents "
Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports," a symposium and community conversation
Thursday, Feb. 7, from
10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the museum's Rasmuson Theater in
"What better place to address this issue than the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall," says museum director
Kevin Gover (Pawnee). "The Smithsonian Institution is the ideal forum to bring people together to ask tough questions."
The lively panel discussions will feature sports writers, scholars, commentators, authors and representatives from Indian nations and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Panelists will explore the mythology and psychology of stereotypes in sports, the history of ethnic "identity theft," and recent efforts to both retire and revive "Native American" sports references at the
University of Oklahoma,
Dartmouth College and
Syracuse University. The symposium advances a movement endorsed by the
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2001 and addressed last year by the
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
The program will also feature a spirited community conversation about the
Washington, D.C., professional football team's name and logo moderated by
Dr. Philip J. Deloria(Standing Rock Sioux), author of
Playing Indian and Indians in Unexpected Places, and the associate dean of Undergraduate Education at the
University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Deloria will be joined by
Hon. Judith Bartnoff, deputy presiding judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court's Civil Division;
Rev. Graylan Hagler, of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and the former president of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice; Mr.
Robert I. Holden(
Choctaw/Chickasaw), deputy director of the National Congress of American Indians;
Erik Brady, a sports reporter for
USA Today; and
Mike Wise, a sports columnist at
The Washington Post.
The symposium will be webcast live at
www.AmericanIndian.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts/. Webcast viewers are encouraged to participate via
Twitter by using the hashtag #RacistSportsLogos. A reception will follow in the museum's Potomac Atrium. To R.S.V.P. to the Facebook invitation, click
here. For more information, visit the museum's website at
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