Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
GREEN BAY With the added pressure to have the Washington National Football League team change its offensive name and logo, more and more protests are expected outside of stadiums where the team plays this year.
With the Green Bay Packers hosting the Washington National Football League team, members of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association Indian Mascot and Logo Task Force feel it is an ideal opportunity to EDUCATE and ADVOCATE for the removal of race-based logos, mascots, and nicknames.
While others may be tailgating, the task force group, members of other American Indian tribes and their allies will be on hand outside the Oneida Gate at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Tomorrow they hope to educate the public as to why American Indians are opposed to the offensive logo and particularly the name used by the Washington NFL team.
“We were there to protest five years at their 75th anniversary of Washington using the name. Now five years later, maybe someone will listen to damage the name has on children,”
said Barbara Munson, Oneida, from Moon, Wisconsin, who chairs the Wisconsin "Indian" Mascot and Logo Taskforce.
She and others have been fighting against the use of race-based stereotypes in sports for almost two decades.
"The Wisconsin Indian Education Association "Indian" Mascot and Logo Taskforce was created in 1997 to stay with this issue until all "Indian" mascots, logos and team names are eliminated from Wisconsin public schools. We have not and will not disband the task force until this is accomplished,"
according to Munson."
The task force was a leading force that convinced the Wisconsin Legislature to pass legislation that eliminates the use of American Indian mascots because they are discriminatory.
For those interested in joining the protest, protesters will be at the southwest corner of Valley View and Ridge Roads from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
posted September 14, 2013 10:57 am edt