ADVISORY: The Real Impact of Mascots and Team Names on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

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Washington, D.C. — The debate over the Washington professional football team’s racist name and mascot has reached a fever pitch in recent months. But too much of the debate has missed the point. It is not just about a name, a logo, a business, or a matter of intent. Racist and derogatory team names have a real and harmful impact on American Indian and Alaska Native, or AI/AN, people every day, particularly young people.

At this event, the Center for American Progress will release and discuss a new report examining the research about the harmful impact of these representations on the self-esteem of AI/AN youth, how they create a hostile learning environments in K-12 and postsecondary schools, and the decades-long movement to retire them. The report will include new recommendations to local, state, and federal education agencies to transform learning environments that are hostile and unwelcoming to AI/AN students and their families into ones that are supportive.

WHO:

Welcoming remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Featured speaker:
Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown, Student, Argonaut High School; Champion for Change, Center for Native American Youth

Keynote:
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Distinguished panel:
Dr. Michael Friedman, Clinical Psychologist
Mark Macarro, Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians
Erik Stegman, Associate Director, Center for American Progress

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

9:30 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE:
Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor

Washington, D.C., 20005

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For more information, contact Katie Peters at kpeters@americanprogress.org.

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