Tag: American Indians

Key NFL Advocacy Group Calls for Redskins to Change Name

By Albert Lin A nonprofit organization that works closely with the National Football League to improve the hiring of head coaches and general managers from underrepresented groups is now calling for the Washington Redskins franchise to change its name. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which meets with NFL officials every December…

Stealing Indian Land for a Copper Mine

The desert riparian environment of Oak Flat. Photo by Anna Jeffrey By Sheryl Estrada “All of the federally recognized tribes now know the world has changed,” Wendsler Nosie, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, said. A resident of the San Carlos Apache Reservation, in southeast Arizona, the change…

Welcome to the Most Diverse Congress Yet

By Chris Hoenig Congress is still predominantly white and predominantly male, but the 114th Congress, sworn in on Tuesday, is the most diverse ever. There are 535 elected seats on Capitol Hill—435 in the House, 100 in Senate. In the House, three women are making history: New Jersey Democrat Bonnie…

Universities Warn Against Blackface Halloween Costumes

By Daryl Hannah With Halloween less than a week away, universities are warning students against dressing in Blackface, hosting watermelon-eating-themed parties, and other Halloween antics that preclude diversity and inclusion “all in the name of fun.” For the second time in as many years, officials at the University of Minnesota…

Redskins Owner Pulls the 'I Have American Indian Friends' Move

By Chris Hoenig Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder pulled the ol’ “I have _____ friends” move over the weekend, and it failed miserably. Snyder invited outgoing Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly to his box for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, and, predictably, the publicity stunt was shown on TV during…

CBS: NFL Commentators Have Choice Whether to Say 'Redskins'

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock Football fans might hear CBS commentators calling the Washington football team the Redskins on the air. Or they might not. With pressure mounting for team owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s name—50 U.S. senators have called for the team name to change and…

World War II Hero Chester Nez Dies at 93

By Julissa Catalan Chester Nez, who died on Wednesday at age 93, once recalled that as a young student, speaking his native Navajo language resulted in his receiving a beating or having his mouth washed out with “a bitter, brown soap.” In later years, this very language garnered Nez the…