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Indian mascots: It’s about respect

When it comes to school mascots that refer to Indians or tribes, tribal leaders on the Idaho Indian Affairs Council said today that the key is respect. Bill Picard, vice chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Council, said Lewis Clark State College has the Warriors as its mascot, “and everything that they do is very respectful in their presentation of a warrior. They don’t have anything disrespectful in anything that they do during games or anything like that.” He added, “They always meet with the tribe and say, ‘Can we do this and give education to the public on the Nez Perce tribe?’”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

DFO: Do you agree/disagree that it's past time to be respectful with school mascot names and activities that refer to American Indians or tribes?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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