Mascot UpdatesThe following is a Motion before the American Anthropological Association Executive Board. Cankú Lúta commends AAA for its stand on the mascot issue.
Motion 1 Chief Illiniwek, University of Illinois mascot:
Part A We, the members of the American Anthropological Association call upon all educators and administrators of educational insitutions to stop promoting the stereotypical representation of American Indian people through the use of sports mascots. The persistence of such official sanctioned, stereotypical presentations humiliates American Indian people, trivializes the scholarship of anthropologists, undermines the learning environment of all students, and seriously compromises efforts to promote diversity on school and college campuses.
Part B We, the member of the American Anthropological Association will cease to schedule Annual Meetings in the state of Illinois until such time as the administration and trusteees of the University of Illinois, the flagship educational institution of the state, replace their "Chief Illiniwek" symbol with one that does not promote inaccurate, anachronistic, and damaging stereotypes of Native American people, or indeed members of any minority group.
from the 98th AAA Annual Business Meeting Minutes
In Pennsylvania, PSEA members, in an effort coordinated by Annie Spece, have passed a resolution against Indian mascots. They are now pursuing state legislation.