About Us:


Established in 2014, Not Your Mascots is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the misappropriation of Indigenous identity, imagery and culture. We are dedicated to using our educational and advocacy efforts to provide a more comprehensive understanding of Native people and the damage done to our youth and communities through the misrepresentation and mockery of our identities and culture through mascots, stereotypes and cultural appropriation.

We are committed to promoting and establishing a common understanding of what it is to truly honor and respect Indigenous people and their culture. Through our efforts, we hope to stress the need for cooperation and unity between native communities, schools, advocacy groups, individuals and the media in helping to create a future in which we can all respect and view each other as human beings.

Mission Statement:


To address the misappropriation of indigenous identity and imagery and to advance knowledge of how to truly honor and respect indigenous people and their culture.

Meet the Board

Tara Houska

Tara Houska

Tara Houska is citizen of Couchiching First Nation and a tribal rights attorney based in Washington, D.C. She is founding board member of Not Your Mascots. Tara has organized and lead several demonstrations across the country against demeaning Native American mascots, including the largest recorded name change rally and the first large-scale protest at FedEx Field. She is a contributor to Indian Country Today, Huffington Post, and the Guardian, and has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, RT America, and local media outlets.

Johnnie Jae

Johnnie Jae

Johnnie Jae is of the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw tribes of Oklahoma. She is the managing partner of Native Max Magazine, founder of A Tribe Called Geek, and contributor to Native News Online. She is the manager and producer for the Success Native Style Radio Network, where she hosts the Indigenous Flame and A Tribe Called Geek radio shows. She is also a founding board member of Not Your Mascots.

Known as the "Brown Ball of Fury," Jae seamlessly shifts from humor and pop culture to advocacy and digital media, which has made her a much-sought after speaker and commentator. Her work has been discussed in many media outlets, such as Indian Country Today, ATPN, CBC, USA Today, Women’s E-News, Takepart.com and Upworthy. She has been a guest on several radio shows, including Native America Calling, Native Trailblazers, and ICI Radio.

Maggie Hundley

Maggie Hundley

Maggie Hundley is a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation, Wind Clan. She is a mother of two young girls, was born in Phoenix, AZ and currently lives and works in Southern California. Previous collaborations include; coordinator at UCSD Early Academic Outreach Program/ Young Native Scholars program; AIR (American Indian Recruitment); Nubia Leadership Academy. Current efforts include Native American social media activism focused on accurate and positive representations of Native peoples and cultures, civil rights/religious leaders outreach and partnership with Native groups with common goal of eliminating Native mascots, Redface and harmful anti -Indian racism and stereotypes. She is a founding member of NotYourMascots.org.

Sarah LittleRedFeather Kalmanson

Sarah LittleRedFeather Kalmanson

Sarah, LittleRedfeather (Miskwaaens Migiziwiwan) is a mother of two children and a Graphic Designer - Marketing Entrepreneur who launched LittleRedfeather Design in 2007. An artist and activist, Sarah is the eldest daughter to an Anishinaabe human rights and environmental activist who originates from White Earth Nation & Lac Court Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In 2009, LittleRedfeather launched We Live Native™ Collection - Global lines connecting passions through fashions to honor and protect Mother Earth and preserve Cultural Heritage. Sarah has been passionate about expression through sharing visions via art and fashion. She hopes to make a positive and spiritual and honorable impact through out all communities. Its "Expressing Passion Through The Inner-Drums" campaign is focused on promoting education and achieving change in cultural stereotyping and mascots. In 2012, Sarah became a partner in Solidarity with the #IdleNoMore Movement against environmental harms facing Wisconsin and the greater planet. Idle No More continues engage in protection of Mother Earth for Future Generations. She is a founding member of NotYourMascots.org.

Toby Vanlandingham

Toby Vanlandingham

Toby Vanlandingham is an enrolled member of the Yurok tribe. He lives and works on the Yurok reservation along the Klamath river in Northern California. Toby has been involved in a group effort in raising the conversation about mascots and the negative effects that they have on the native community. He is a prolific social media debater and can be found on Twitter at @YurokGuy. He is a founding member of NotYourMascots.org.

Sarah Adams-Cornell

Sarah Adams-Cornell

Sarah Adams-Cornell is an advocate for Native American culture, education and rights. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation, serves on the Board for the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance, is a core member of Idle No More Central Oklahoma, serves on the OKCPS Native American Student Services Parent Committee and co-hosts a radio program, ‘‘Womyn Warrior Talk,’’ which addresses topics concerning Indian Country and current news. She was named 2014 Cottey College Young Alumna of the Year for her leadership in her culture and community.

Sarah has taught thousands of children about Native American culture through presentations she and her family offer to schools in the Oklahoma City metro area. This began in an effort to replace Land Run reenactments in her daughter’s school. In 2014 Sarah was a part of the group which successfully worked to eliminate Land Run reenactments and the offensive Redsk** mascot from Oklahoma City Public Schools. Sarah, in conjunction with OKCPS Native American Student Services, recently launched a new program, ‘‘Oklahoma History Day,’’ a diverse and inclusive account of Oklahoma history, to present as an alternative to Land Run reenactments in OKC public schools. Sarah believes that all children benefit from an accurate education about Oklahoma and US history.

Sarah attended Cottey College and the University of Oklahoma. She is married to Dustin Cornell. They have two daughters, Isabella and Gabrielle and live in Oklahoma City. She is a P.E.O. of Chapter DD and a Phi Mu of Chapter Epsilon Beta. Sarah is the Office & Marketing Manager for her family’s business, RedLand Sheet Metal.