ADVISORY: The Impact of Racist Mascots and Team Names on Youth

Washington, D.C. — The debate over the Washington professional football team’s racist name and mascot has reached a fever pitch in recent months. But too much of the debate has missed the point. It is not just about a name, a logo, a business, or a matter of intent. Racist and derogatory team names have a real and harmful impact on American Indian and Alaska Native, or AI/AN, people every day, particularly young people.

At this event, the Center for American Progress will release and discuss a new report examining the research about the harmful impact of these representations on the self-esteem of AI/AN youth, how they create a hostile learning environments in K-12 and postsecondary schools, and the decades-long movement to retire them. The report will include new recommendations to local, state, and federal education agencies to transform learning environments that are hostile and unwelcoming to AI/AN students and their families into ones that are supportive.


Welcoming remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Featured speaker:
Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown, Student, Argonaut High School; Champion for Change, Center for Native American Youth

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Distinguished panel:
Dr. Michael Friedman, Clinical Psychologist
Mark Macarro, Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians
Erik Stegman, Associate Director, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, July 22, 2014
9:30 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005


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