Sunday, December 17, 2006

National Congress of American Indians - Statement on Mascots

In response to the situation at Dartmouth, the National Congress of American Issues released a statement about mascots. NCAI President Joe Garcia said:

'When cartoonization, mockery, and insensitivity of Native peoples, cultures, and traditions persist on college campuses, Native students are at a unique disadvantage in that intellectual community. NCAI joins NAD, [Dartmouth] President James Wright, and the broader Dartmouth community in condemning the recent series of biased incidents at the college, and stands with NAD in its efforts at combating bias in your community.''

For those who don't know about NCAI, this is from their website:

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of more than 250 tribal governments, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights.

1 comment:

Merry L.Ketterling said...

I am a Lakota elder, working with the University of North Dakota system for 21 years, in the Indian Studies Dept. I have seen a lotof racism and prejudice on this campus toward Native American students throughout these years. Needless to say we do not have the support of our college president like Dartmough does. Stay strong, we are with you. Merry Ketterling
Campus Commitee for Huma