Texas tribe condemns use of Native American mascots in resolution

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All seven council members voted unanimously to pass the resolution in accordance with the resolution.

BEAUMONT, Texas — The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas has released a resolution calling for the removal of Native American mascots for schools and sports teams.

The resolution specifically called for the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District’s use of Native American mascots.

In the resolution dated Aug. 22, 2022, the tribe said it “publicly supports all efforts to remove Native mascots from schools and sports teams, including their removal from the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District.”

All seven council members voted unanimously to pass the resolution in accordance with the resolution.

MORE | Read the tribe’s resolution

The tribe said the PNG district disparages the ceremonial dances and “disparages the sanctity of the war bonnets”.

The district has long maintained that it has the approval of the Cherokee Nation for the use of the PNG Indians mascot.

But in July 2020, the Cherokee Nation officially withdrew its support for the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District’s use of the name “Indians” and called on the district to reconsider school traditions they call “harmful stereotypes.” “.

“I am writing to express our concerns regarding the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District’s continued use of idealized Native American culture, practices and symbols on behalf of the Cherokee Nation,” Hoskin said in a letter obtained by 12News.

The resolution suggests that if the district wants to honor Native Americans, it should include “actual history, culture and traditions” of Native Americans in the district’s curriculum.

They also noted that “mocking people should not be confused with respecting culture and tradition.”

The high school came under national fire in March 2022 after the band and drill crew performed in March 2022 at Disney World.

Disney had told them the drill crew couldn’t wear headgear, but the band performed the school fight song which includes the chant “Scalp ’em, Indians, scalp ’em.”

“Mascots should reflect the best of what teams and schools stand for and unite people rather than divide them,” the tribe said in the resolution.

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This is a developing story. We’ll update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

Here is the full text of the resolution dated August 22, 2022…

ALABAMA-COUSHATTA TRIBAL COUNCIL
ACITC Resolution #2022-74

IN THE MATTER OF, the Tribal Council exercising its delegated powers under Article VI, Section I, Powers, Constitution and Bylaws of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas; and,

WHEREAS, The Tribal Council, as the governing body of the Tribe, in the exercise of such authority, rights and responsibilities, makes ordinances or otherwise acts by resolution to promote and protect health, peace , morals, education, sovereignty, jurisdiction, community, children, lands, resources and general welfare of the tribe and its members; and

WHEREAS, The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas are a proud people who call East Texas their home; and

WHEREAS, professional sports, institutions of higher education, and public and private schools across the country have recognized and accepted that the practice of using Native Americans as mascots is dehumanizing, stereotypical of Native people, and diminishes the esteem of self of Aboriginal youth; and

WHEREAS, to preserve the culture, general welfare and sovereignty of the tribe, the tribe finds it necessary to speak out when the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District and its athletic departments continue to denigrate Native ceremonial dances and to denigrate the sanctity of war bonnets; and

WHEREAS mascots should reflect the best of what teams and schools stand for and unite people rather than divide them; and

WHEREAS, if PNG truly wishes to honor Native Americans, the Tribe encourages them to include the actual history, culture and traditions of Native American tribes and their people in their program; and

WHEREAS making fun of people should not be confused with respecting culture and tradition; and

WHEREAS, The Tribe supports all efforts to remove Native mascots from the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Tribe publicly support all efforts to remove Native mascots from schools and sports teams. including their removal from the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District.

I, the undersigned, President of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, hereby certify that the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council is composed of seven (7) members, 7 of whom were present at a meeting of the Tribal Council duly called pursuant to Article V Tribal Bylaws on August 22, 2022 and that the Tribal Council passed this resolution by a vote of 7 in favour, 0 against and 0 abstentions.

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