Coalition of Grassroots and Tribal Members to Gather at Minneapolis TCF Stadium to Voice Opposition to Harmful Imagery and Request the Washington NFL Team to Change Its Name and Respect Native Peoples.
Not Your Mascots, a 501(c)3 organization, is excited to announce its emergence as a newly formed non-profit that is dedicated to addressing the misappropriation of Indigenous identity and imagery through education, advocacy, and media outreach efforts to provide comprehensive solutions that will end the use of harmful native mascots and stereotypes. Not Your Mascots recognizes the need for cooperation and unity between educational institutions, the media, and the general public in the creation of a future in which society will be free of the harms of Native objectification. Not Your Mascots Board Members will be present at the rally and march to the Vikings vs. Washington game on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at TCF Stadium in Minnesota to protest the racially degrading name of the Washington football team. We are asserting our identity as Native Peoples. We are human beings, not mascots.
Native mascots perpetuate social injustice, reinforce stereotypes, and lead to discrimination and disregard of Indigenous peoples in America and globally.
Not Your Mascots endorses and will participate at the #NotYourMascot and the No Honor in Racism marches.
Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Dakota (Sioux), Oneida, Mohican, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and many other Tribes for a total of 22 Sovereign Nations will participate in the rally and lend their voices to the decades-long fight to #ChangeTheName.
* American Indian OIC: 8:30am, march beginning at 9am.1845 E Franklin Ave., Minneapolis.
* Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota: 9am, march beginning at 9:30am. 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis.
Both marches will converge and become a unified force for a rally at TCF Stadium, 10:00am
Guest speakers include Amanda Blackhorse, Winona LaDuke, Billy Mills, Clyde Bellecourt, Patricia Shepard, and many more. Not Your Mascots Board Members Tara Houska and Sarah LittleRedfeather will be participating in the event.
Dancers, drums, and performers throughout the event and concert to follow at Northrop Auditorium, 12pm, including:
Gretchen Morris – Hoop Dancer
Mic Jordan – Hip Hop Artist
Ringing Shield – Drum Group
SOUP JUICE – Comedian
Tall Paul – Hip Hop Artist
Events Supported by:
AIM Patrol of Minneapolis
AIM of Twin Cities
IdleNoMore Twin Cities
Institute for Critical Animal Studies, North America
March Against Corruption
Minnesota Two Spirit Society
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media