Tennessee Anti-Discriminatory Mascots Act
    Positions on the Use of Native American Indians as Mascots

  1. National Education Association
    1991: Use of Derogatory Names for Sports Teams (109)
    The NEA shall discourage the initiation and continued use of prejudicial and derogatory names and symbols of ethnic groups for school, sporting teams, and mascots. The NEA shall communicate this new business item to each state board of education, each state athletic association, and each college athletic assocation.
    1992: Use of Prejudicial Terms and Symbols (I-39)
    The National Educational Association deplores prejudice based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual oreientation, or gender and rejects the use of names, symbols, caricatures, emblems, logos, and mascots that promote such prejudice.

  2. United States Commission on Civil Rights, April 2001
    Statement on the Use of Native American Images and Nicknames as Sports Symbols
    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls for an end to the use of Native American images and team names by non-Native schools. The Commission deeply respects the rights of all Americans to freedom of expression under the First Amendment and in no way would attempt to prescribe how people can express themselves. However, the Commission believes that the use of Native American images and nicknames in school is insensitive and should be avoided. In addition, some Native American and civil rights advocates maintain that these mascots may violate anti-discrimination laws. These references, whether mascots and their performances, logos, or names, are disrespectful and offensive to American Indians and others who are offended by such stereotyping. They are particularly inappropriate and insensitive in light of the long history of forced assimilation that American Indian people have endured in this country.

  3. National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2002
    NCAA Mascot Policy banning the use of Native American mascots in tournaments.
    The NCAA is committed to providing an open enviornment that does not infringe on the rights of any individuals at the site of competition. The NCAA policy on Native American mascots does not require member institutions to change their names or mascots. The policy precludes member schools with Native American nicknames, mascots, or imagery from hosting NCAA championships. These schools are still eligible to participate in championships, but the policy restricts them from wearing uniforms or other paraphernalia that depict nicknames or images while competing in NCAA championship events.
    NCAA 2010-11 Division II General Championship Information Handbook

  4. American Psychological Association, August 2005
    Resolution Recommending the Immediate Retirement of American Indian Mascots, Symbols, Images, and Personalities by Schools, Colleges, Universities, Athletic Teams, and Organizations
    The APA supports and recommends the immediate retirement of American Indian mascots, symbols, images, and personalities by schools, colleges, universities, athletic teams, and organizations. Policy www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/policy/indian-mascots.pdf, APAmascots.pdf

  5. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, October 2005
    NASSS joins the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the American Anthropological Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Journalists Association, National Coalition for Racism in Sport and the Media, and numerous other professional, advocacy, and civil rights organizations to call for the discontinuation of Aboriginal/Native American symbols, names, imagery, culture and personas in sport and upon sports teams and educational institutions to provide meaningful teaching and research about living Aboriginal/Native American Peoples, current Aboriginal/Native American issues, and the rich variety of Aboriginal/Native American cultures in North America.
    NASSSmascots.pdf

  6. Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs, December 2005
    Resolution for the Discontinuation of Native American Indian mascots in the State of Tennessee
    1. The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs advocate the elimination of Native American Indian mascots and symbols in the state public schools; and
    2. The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs call upon all public schools in Tennessee to voluntarily discontinue their usage of all Native American mascots and symbols; and
    3. The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs, by itself and in coordination with other individuals and organizations, diligently work to eliminate the use of Native American Indian mascots and symbols while providing educational opportunities that accurately represent First Nations peoples and cultures; and
    4. The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs work with the Department of Education to encourage elimination of these mascots and symbols, help develop transition plans with the least financial impact to local school boards, develop educational material that the Department can present to the schools to expedite change; and
    5. The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs request the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and the Tennessee Department of Education also to strongly urge all Tennessee schools using Native American Indian related mascots to discontinue such names and imagery by June 2009.
    www.state.tn.us/environment/boards/tcia/pdf/mascotresolution.pdf

  7. Council of the American Sociological Association March 2007
    Statement on Discontinuing the Use of Native American Nicknames, Logos and Mascots in Sport
    The American Sociological Association calls for discontinuing the use of Native American nicknames, logos and mascots in sport.
    www.asanet.org/about/Council_Statements/use_of_native_american_nicknames_logos_and_mascots.cfm

  8. Society for the Study of Social Problems August 2007
    Supporting the ASA Resolution that calls for Discontinuing the Use of Native American Nicknames, Logos and Mascots in Sports
    The Society for the Study of Social Problems along with the American Sociological Association call for discontinuing the use of Native American nicknames, logos and mascots in sport.
    www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/pageId/1022


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