Friday, April 20, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
Sport Team Names & Cultural Sensitivity - Bedford Road Graduate
We started this segment with the sound of tens of thousands of Atlanta Braves baseball fans engaged in the Tomahawk Chop. It's a gesture that enraged many native groups two decades ago. And it detonated a debate over how -- and why-- sports teams use Native names and symbols.
The issue still simmers at Bedford Road High School in Saskatoon. Some former students want the school to drop the name "Redmen" from its sports teams. They also want to drop the school logo -- the profile of a bright red man with braids and feathers in his hair.
Even when they were first adopted in the 1960s, the name and logo were controversial. But students we spoke with didn't see much of a problem. We aired a clip.
Justin Wiebe is a graduate of Bedford Road High School. He's one of the four people who started the campaign Its Time for Change to change the name of the schools sports team and logo.
Sport Team Names & Cultural Sensitivity - Spirit Lake Sioux Nation
When the athletes of the University of North Dakota take to the rink, the court or the gridiron, they compete under the name "The Fighting Sioux". Their logo is a Sioux warrior. And nothing makes them fight harder than attempts to fiddle with their name.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association demanded a change and the battle went to the State legislature and the Federal court. In June, voters will decide in a state-wide referendum. Frank Black Cloud is a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Nation and a supporter of "the Fighting Sioux". Frank Black Cloud joined us from Fort Totten, North Dakota.
Sport Team Names & Cultural Sensitivity - U of Saskatchewan professor
In 2005, the American Psychological Association called for the immediate retirement of all Indian symbols from sports teams because of potential harmful effects on the self-esteem of young native people.
Alex Wilson is an education professor at the University of Saskatchewan. She is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and supports efforts to stop associating sports teams with native culture. Alex Wilson joined us from St. Paul, Minnesota.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal and Josh Bloch.
Is "The Fighting Sioux" offensive? NCAA says yes, Sioux tribe says no - By: Blake Baxter - Eureka College
The Next Little Big Horn: Black Cloud Says NCAA's Actions Discriminatory Against Spirit Lake Sioux By: Kate Bommarito - Plains Daily
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