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Saturday, July 4 • 9:30am - 11:00am
The battle to change the mascots

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The movement against the racist mascoting of Native American symbols and culture in sporting events has existed for decades. Yet the last several years has seen an unprecedented growth in this struggle as well as victory after victory in the push to change these names from the high school to the collegiate level. The struggle has also been intimately tied to the growth of indigenous movements for self determination on issues ranging from land rights to environmental protection. Come hear Erica Lee of Idle No More, sports writer Dave Zirin, and legendary Indigenous rights activist Suzan Shown Harjo about why this movement has found new purchase in the 21st century and why so many in power see it as a threat.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Glen Sean Coulthard
Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson
Willful Subjects by Sara Ahmed
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations by Suzan Shown Harjo
Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy by C. Richard King

Speakers
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Suzan Shown Harjo

Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) is a poet, writer, curator, and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples protect sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land. A founder of the National Museum of the American Indian, she curated an NMAI 2014-2018 exhibit, "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations," and edited the book of the same title (Smithsonian & NMAI... Read More →
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Erica Violet Lee

A 23-year-old Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) student at the University of Saskatchewan. Since speaking at the first Idle No More teach-in in 2012, Erica has been recognized as an international youth leader with the movement, drawing attention to the need for social and environmental justice for First Nations in Canada. Named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, Erica works in the community as a student mentor and advocates for... Read More →
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Dave Zirin

The sports editor for the Nation. Zirin was named the 2015 NY Press excellence in sportswriting award and is the author of eight books about the politics of sports. He is a radio host on Pacifica and Sirius/XM. His latest is Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park A

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