Letter to the editor: Time for Indigenous mascots is over – Press Herald

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Letter to the editor: Time for Indigenous mascots is over – Press Herald

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2019351 Views

The Skowhegan Area High School Indian mascot is a caricature.

I am a member of the Diné Nation, part of the Honághááhnii clan, raised in both the Southwest and in Maine. I am the mother of four children, all students in Portland schools and all aware of the challenges Indigenous people face in our state and nationally.

I am an educator and a community activist. I am also one of the co-founders of the first women’s all-Indigenous roller derby team, composed of women from over 20 Indigenous nations and three continents, who competed at the World Cup in 2018. We developed a logo, which I find relevant to the mascot discussion.

The woman warrior depicted in our Team Indigenous logo was developed by our team of Indigenous women to represent the community that we gathered. This is not a mascot. This is not a caricature. This was a representation born from centuries of strength, resilience and culture. We are a proud community, and this is our representation.

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