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    Dana Lone Hill: Why the ‘Fighting Sioux’ mascot is not acceptable

I used to wear a Cleveland Indians jersey with pride. Not because I am a Cleveland Indians fan, because I have been a Yankees fan since I was five years old, but because I am an Indian. I used to think, “What’s the big deal? Can’t I be a sports fan and an Indian?”
But over the years, my opinion has evolved. Besides hearing my sons’ thoughts on the subject, I also have met people along the way who had differing views. But it wasn’t only listening to others; it was also the fact that when I have to explain repeatedly who we are, and how we exist in today’s world, it made me realize that most of the world sees us as objects, not as human beings. We don’t all have tomahawks; we don’t all live in tipis; we don’t all have the same rituals, customs, and beliefs. We comprise 500 nationshere in America. We are not all from the same cookie-cutter that was used to make the Indian in The Pilgrim and Indian cookies on Thanksgiving.
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    Dana Lone Hill: Why the ‘Fighting Sioux’ mascot is not acceptable

    I used to wear a Cleveland Indians jersey with pride. Not because I am a Cleveland Indians fan, because I have been a Yankees fan since I was five years old, but because I am an Indian. I used to think, “What’s the big deal? Can’t I be a sports fan and an Indian?”

    But over the years, my opinion has evolved. Besides hearing my sons’ thoughts on the subject, I also have met people along the way who had differing views. But it wasn’t only listening to others; it was also the fact that when I have to explain repeatedly who we are, and how we exist in today’s world, it made me realize that most of the world sees us as objects, not as human beings. We don’t all have tomahawks; we don’t all live in tipis; we don’t all have the same rituals, customs, and beliefs. We comprise 500 nationshere in America. We are not all from the same cookie-cutter that was used to make the Indian in The Pilgrim and Indian cookies on Thanksgiving.

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