Oregon Indian Education Association

Integrating Culture & Education
Posted by Se-ah-dom Edmo, March 15, 2012 5:55 pm

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Press Release: For Immediate Release—April 9, 2013

 Native American Students & Families Call Foul: Race-Based Sports Names a Violation of Their Educational Civil Rights

A few legislators in the Oregon House and Senate are trying to move forward a proposed bill that attempts to alter Oregon’s law preventing discriminatory race-based athletic nicknames in K-12 schools.  Senator Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg), a sponsor of one of those bills said in hearing, he is ”a lifelong proud Roseburg ‘Indian’” and that he doesn’t think this is a “real issue”.  For Native American Students and Parents, this issue couldn’t be more real.

“I feel alienated in my own school hallways”, says Dakota DanielsDakota is a Junior at Sprague High School in Salem and is on the varsity cheerleading team.  Every time her school plays the Roseburg ‘Indians’ the environment that race-based athletic nicknames create in her school, “…makes me feel objectified”.  Dakota is not alone.  According to the Oregon Department of Education there were over fifty scientific studies that confirm her experience which lead State Board of Education to ban their use in K-12 Schools last spring.

The Oregon Department of Education reports over 9,500 American Indian/Alaska Native students attend Oregon Schools, and officials at the Salem-Kaizer Indian Education Program, where Dakota lives, enroll students from over 90 different Tribes from all across the nation.

Dakota is from the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.  Under the language any of the proposed bills she would still repeatedly be expected to confront the ‘Indians’, ‘Warriors’, any image or representation a local Tribe ‘approves’ she says, “My civil rights will continue to be violated.  If a Tribe local to one of the schools approves a mascot, I still have to deal with it.”


OIEA April 9 Press Release FINAL


OIEA Members,

At the last OIEA Board Meeting (December 14, 2012) at Lewis & Clark College, the Board voted to write a letter in support of Dr. Tom Ball’s position at the University of Oregon.  The Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion is currently restructuring, and part of the changes include the elimination of the Assistant Vice President that works directly with Tribal communities.

We encourage you to write a letter addressing the elimination of Dr. Ball’s position. Below is a template we have created to assist you:

UO Call to Action Letter

There will be a community meeting held at the University of Oregon Many Nations Longhouse on December 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm, if you would like to attend.

We would like to see as many voices represented as possible, so please email or mail your letters before the December 27th meeting.

An online petition has been created, please sign it an share it widely!




Stand Up, Speak Out:

Please join the OIEA and ask the State Board of Education to ban the use of Indian Mascots in Schools that receive State Funding.

Download this sample letter of support and let your voice be heard!

Sample Letter of Support

Testimony to State Board re Native American mascots-Pat Burk

Statement of US Commission on Civil Rights-2001

The Oregon State Board of Education Indian Mascot Page


Supporting Organizations

National Indian Education Association

NAYA Family Center & Nichole Maher


Coalition of Communities of Color

National Congress of American Indians

Native American Rights Fund

PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Western States Center

The Urban League of Portland


NEWS: Ending Stereotypes in Oregon School Sports

Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, received an honorary doctorate this year from the Institute of American Indian Arts for a lifetime of advocacy to Native American arts and culture.

By Suzan Shown Harjo

After waiting in vain for five years for its public schools to voluntarily eliminate Native race-based sports stereotypes, Oregon is on the verge of making it mandatory. The Oregon Board of Education heard testimony on March 8 and 9, and is developing a rule that is likely to favor Native people over “Native” sports references. The board may propose the rule within weeks and vote on it as early as May 17.

Read more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ict_sbc/ending-stereotypes-in-oregon-school-sports


NEWS: Native American Mascots

Oregon Public Broadcasting

AIR DATE: Tuesday, March 13th 2012
Molalla High School Mascot

The Oregon State Board of Education is considering a ban on Native American mascots in public schools. The board first heard the issue five years ago. Che Butler, who was in high school at the time, brought it up after he witnessed a Molalla High School halftime show featuring a Native American mascot with a target painted on his bare chest.

Read more: http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/native-american-mascots/



!Amici NCAI et al 10-16-09

!Amici Psychology Professors 10-16-09 brief, Harjo v. Pro-Football, No. 09-326

!Amici Social Justice Groups 10-16-09 harjo-brief-REVISED

!Amici Law Professors 10-16-09 22587 pdf Phillips

!!Support list

Legal Actions to end _Redskins_ 2010

NIEA Resolution, passed their resolution in 2009
Titled: RESOLUTION 09-05 Elimination of race-based Indian Logos, Mascots, and Names

Summary of the APA Resolution Recommending Retirement of American Indian Mascots:

NCAI’s Resources