Skip to content Skip to footer

Insult to Injury? American Indian Sports Mascots

From FedEx Field to High School Football teams, pressure is increasing on teams to stop using American Indian names and mascots.

Truthout Logo

They may not have made it to the Superbowl- but the “Washington Football team” has gotten a lot of attention this season- not so much for their performance on the field, but rather their refusal to change the name of their team.

From FedEx Field to High School Football teams, pressure is increasing on teams to stop using American Indian names and mascots.

The battle is playing out in stadiums, court rooms, and in the media. And some of America’s best known sports brands may be forced to change.

Featuring:

  • Gregg Deal, member of Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, artist, activist
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee advocate for American Indian rights
  • Fili Sagapolutele, congressional aide
  • David Grosso, DC councilmember
  • Sadie Makarechi, Jerry Neuwirth, Michael Wright, Washington football fans
  • Robert Jordan, President and CEO Justin-Siena High School
  • Dawson Del Dotto, Paul Brown, Sam Hoff, Lupe Padilla-Aguayo, current and former Justin-Siena students
  • Scott Gabaldon, Tribal Chair Mishewal Wappo Tribe

Credits:

  • George Lavender-Host/Producer
  • Nancy Lopez, Andrew Stelzer-Producers
  • Alice Ollstein-Contributing Producer
Join us in defending the truth before it’s too late

The future of independent journalism is uncertain, and the consequences of losing it are too grave to ignore. To ensure Truthout remains safe, strong, and free, we need to raise $36,000 in the next 3 days. Every dollar raised goes directly toward the costs of producing news you can trust.

Please give what you can — because by supporting us with a tax-deductible donation, you’re not just preserving a source of news, you’re helping to safeguard what’s left of our democracy.