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Listening to the radio this morning I heard a story how Wisconsin is creating a law to encourage the removal of Native American mascot names and image usage at colleges, high schools and middle schools. Many schools throughout the United States have sports' mascots like "The Braves," "The Redmen" and "The Chieftains," matched with very exagerrated caricature (cartoonish) looking images of an American Indian. The names and the images are often very stereotypical and do not depict the culture and identity of Native Americans nationwide. Most are downright offensive and portray Native Americans as savages, "Aztec killers" and other less flattering persons. Some idiot was interviewed for the show and he said that "first you'll say we can't have Indians as mascots, next we won't be able to have animals." Hey dude, I doubt the Kittitiny Cougars are going to ever lose their beloved feline mascot. Relax and have some consciousness about the Native American experience in the United States. It's been an isolated, abused and neglected one and then on top of it all - when their image and identity is recognized - it's in the ruddy face of the Cleveland Indian.

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