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Idaho Native Americans Decry Mascots

February 28, 2014 State of Idaho, Teton Valley No Comments
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Concerns regarding negative depictions of Native Americans have been taken to the steps of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise now.  A Shoshone-Bannock Tribes leader asked an Southeast Idaho Lawmaker to bring the issue of what he terms the offensive nature that some sports mascots represent of Indian tribes to the state legislature.  The Idaho Council on Indian Affairs has pointed to what are considered by many Native Americans to be derogatory nicknames including “redskins” and “Savages” currently being used by a variety of schools around the state – including Teton High School in Driggs.  State Representative Marc Gibbs serves the district that includes Teton County, as well as a portion of Bonneville, Caribou, Bear Lake, Franklin and Oneida Counties. Gibbs also chairs the Indian Affairs Council in Idaho.  He says he has promised to send a letter to all Idaho House members, telling them of the sensitivity regarding those mascots.  He says he will urge legislators who have schools with such mascots in their districts to try to influence those schools to make a change.  Gibbs says there is an Indian Education Seminar in Boise next week which includes a session on mascots; and he quickly adds, “I think that we will hear more on this subject.”

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