Native American Guardians Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2015
of WWII Nazi Party Funds Eradication of Native Imagery
Expedites Decolonization Already in
Group, a company founded by a man named Adolf and who grew wealthy as a
Nazi-party shoemaker during World War II, announced today that it will offer financial support to any Native American themed schools in the United States that
believe they need a “Mascot” name change.
In response, the Native American Guardians Association quickly requested that adidas not only consider changing its
corporate name based on that company’s history of supporting genocide, as in
building its legacy on the 6 million Jewish people who perished during WWII,
but that it help schools, where proud Native names have already been taken,
restore them, including the Fighting Sioux in North Dakota, inline with what a
majority of Native Americans want.
“Our Sioux leaders
gave us the Fighting Sioux name and logo back in 1969 as a tribal gift to last
forever – one that would influence generations of Natives as to their culture,
history and traditions,” Dakota Sioux member Eunice Davidson says.
Davidson is the
president of NAGA.
“We know through
surveys and ballots that our people who live on reservations here were not in
favor of losing their name back in 2012. Now, names such as the Rough Riders
are being considered where it has nothing to do with us – the original
inhabitants of this region, other than several members of the Rough Riders
being known murderers of many Native Americans,” adds Davidson from her home in
Spirit Lake, North Dakota.
Davidson is the
President of the Native American Guardians Association and the Author of
“Aren’t We Sioux Enough,” a study of the Fighting Sioux issue and the travesty
of the Sioux tribes’ forced abdication of their symbol.
Native groups such as the Tule River Tribe in California, as well as the
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grande
Ronde, both in Oregon, have each issued passionate statements to appeal against
changing Native American themed schools in their region.
Tribes of Grande Ronde, said in a May 22, Oregon
Live article that its
council “is very disappointed that they've trampled our sovereignty and have
ignored something that our tribes in Oregon have been calling for years, which
is a curriculum that accurately describes Oregon's Native history.”
In the same article,
the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians said “the decision was made by people
who have no knowledge of Indian communities" and does nothing to address
“the real issues of racism.”
Indeed, more and
more Native American groups are becoming concerned that a once-useful organic
movement to change or do away with obviously culturally insensitive mascots has
been appropriated by political factions designed, not to celebrate and build on
education, but instead cater to the ever more popular Decolonization
operates on a zero tolerance platform where any image, word or icon – no matter
how positive or correct in historic nature – does not belong in the hands of
the “settler classes” of Europeans who now live on “their” lands.
One of the primary
leaders of the national “Not Your Mascot” movement has ignored the fact that
the NFL’s Washington Redskins don’t even have a mascot (they have a logo of an
actual Blackfeet chief on their helmet – a 1970s gift from the tribe) in
pushing for total eradication of Native American icons saying in a July 2015
Indian Country Today article that Decolonization “must occur.”
National Congress of American Indians – a pay membership-based lobby group –
also came out in 2015 with a resolution supporting the goals of
Mark Beasley, a
Navajo Native, wonders if adidas fully understands what they are getting
involved with in their new initiative.
“It really seems
like a rushed political effort to either clear their very atrocious WWII
history or to buy favors from President Obama who received significant campaign
funds from the backer of this radical name-change movement, Mr. Ray
Halbritter,” Beasley says.
Halbritter heads up
a casino network in upstate New York and claims he is an Oneida native.
He has been an ardent financial supporter of the Obama Administration
while potentially benefiting from the pending but very lucrative Tribal
Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015.
Navajo Nation members, like many those of most tribes, have an affinity toward
the term Redskin as it fits their people’s red-based culture and self-identity. The Navajo have two reservation high schools named
Redskins and several others with Native themes.
“They love their
names and it means so much to these kids who typically have little else in
their lives to be very proud of,” says Beasley, who also serves as vice
president of NAGA.
The Native American
Guardian Association has crafted a petition to demand adidas not only change
its offensive name, but to help fund those schools who have been coerced into
giving up their traditional, long-standing and respectful tribute names.
NAGA’s motto is
“Education not Eradication” and is willing to work with A****s Group in
retooling some schools’ activities or names to meet NAGA’s cultural sensitivity
“We would even
consider adding the word ‘Warrior’ to Redskin as some seem really confused that
it has nothing to do with race,” says NAGA Northwestern Regional Sachem and
radio show host Jacob Bouvette, who is part Blackfeet. “It’s amazing to us that
a one-time useful movement has been so politicized. They don’t speak for us.”
“At least Nike still
supports positive Native American tributes – I know where I’ll be spending my
money from now on,” he adds with emphasis.
Bouvette’s show, The
Beating Drum, can be
heard online on Thursday nights.
NAGA officers are available for interviews. For inquiries use the
contact information above.
Posted on November 11, 2015
by Andre Billeaudeaux