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Friday, September 1, 2006

Circle the wagons

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2006 at 11:41 AM

Arkansas State University plays Oklahoma State in football Sept. 9 at War Memorial Stadium. Indians v. Cowboys.

Yes, the Center for Artistic Revolution will be on hand to protest ASU's continued refusal to give up its Indian mascot, even though many larger colleges have folded to the NCAA's push to end their use on account of objections from Indians and others.

News release on the jump.


CAR news release

Anti-Mascot Action
Arkansas State University Indians -vs- Oklahoma State Cowboys
September 9, 2006 5:00pm
War Memorial Stadium
Little Rock, AR
We will meet at the corner of Fair Park and Markham
For more information: 501-244-9690 or e-mail
Poster making and street art session September 8, 2006 6:00pm at CAR office 800 Scott St., Little Rock, AR 
For the past two years CAR has opposed Arkansas State Univeristy's use of American Indian culture and imagery for use as mascots. The school has been asked repeatedly by Indian people, CAR and other allies to end this practice, all to no avail.
Our efforts have prevented the school from appealing the NCAA sanctions regarding its mascots and today the school has begun to somewhat phase out the use of Indian imagery for its logo. But the use of the "Indian family" for athletics still remains.
We must all stand together and oppose racism, ethnocentrism, gender inequality, homophobia, etc. It is only we when get out of our comfort zones and stand up for one another will we begin to see real change.
In the 1920’s when schools began to use Indian imagery, culture and spirituality for the purpose of mascots it was illegal in the U.S. for Indian people to practice their own spirituality.
While Indian people were imprisoned for using their ceremonial items that include feathers, drums and specific clothing and body adornment; non-Indians danced around in halftime shows and celebrated touchdowns and game wins with these same items
It wasn’t until 1978 that the American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed that allowed Indian people to freely express their spiritual beliefs.
The majority of Indian people do not want these mascots. Most Indian people do not feel honored by these mascots and believe that they are an overt expression of racism.


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