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Ban Native American Mascots in Oregon

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Published on Apr 10, 2012

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There is an extensive amount of knowledge and credible research that Native American symbols as mascots, logos, and team names promotes stereotyping, pupil harassment and discrimination. The continued use of American Indian mascots, symbols, images, and personalities by school systems have a negative impact on the self-esteem of American Indian children.

While the communities of these high schools believe they are honoring Native Americans, there is a growing body of social science literature and empirical research that indicates there are harmful effects of such racial stereotyping and inaccurate racial portrayals. These stereotypes are particularly harmful to the social identity development and self-esteem of American Indian young people. Research indicates that using Native Americans as mascots promotes discrimination, pupil harassment, and stereotyping.

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