Shoemaker of WWII Nazi Party Funds Eradication of Native Imagery

 

Contact: Daniel Quigley
Communications
Native American Guardians Association

602-751-5704
NAGuardians@gmail.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2015

Shoemaker of WWII Nazi Party Funds Eradication of Native Imagery

Expedites Decolonization Already in Progress

Adidas 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. 
 
Moreover, other 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.   
 
The Confederated 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 Movement, which 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.”
 
Likewise, the National Congress of American Indians – a pay membership-based lobby group – also came out in 2015 with a resolution supporting the goals of decolonization. 
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
 
Beasley’s fellow 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 norms. 
 
“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.

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