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Washington to reveal new name Feb. 2; won’t be RedWolves

Washington to reveal new name Feb. 2; won’t be RedWolves

Washington’s NFL team announced it will unveil its new name on Feb. 2 and that it will not be called the Wolves or RedWolves.

Commanders, Defenders, Red Hogs, Armada, Presidents, Brigade and the status quo “Washington Football Team” were the other finalists.

Washington Football Team’s new name, new look — and new game — means there’s a lot to cheer

Washington Football Team’s new name, new look — and new game — means there’s a lot to cheer

The Washington Football Team’s nail-biter against the Raiders in Las Vegas on Sunday was fun to watch. But the best part of the game was what I didn’t have to watch.

No Native American imagery misused as sports mascots. No drugstore Indian iconography. No racial slur passed off as a team name. No “R” word printed on jerseys or painted in big bold letters in the end zone.

Instead, I saw my home team — with a new name, a new look and a refreshingly spirited new game. Stripped of the offensive 19th-century Native American stereotypes, the 21st-century Washington Football Team looked like a team I might be able to root for.

Cleveland Indians officially changing name to Guardians

Cleveland Indians officially changing name to Guardians

A new era of big-league baseball in Cleveland is about to start. The Guardians will be off and running.

The hitting and fielding comes in a few months.

The Indians will officially transition to Guardians on Friday, completing a name change that has been happening in stages — and with one unplanned complication — over the past few months.

“Indians” sign removed from Progressive Field as MLB team transitions to Cleveland Guardians

“Indians” sign removed from Progressive Field as MLB team transitions to Cleveland Guardians

The “Indians” sign that has overlooked Cleveland’s Progressive Field since it opened in 1994 is coming down on Tuesday, as the city’s Major League Baseball team changes its name and branding to the Guardians. However, the team’s rebranding hit a snag last week when a roller derby team accused them of stealing their name.

The removal of the script “Indians” sign that sits above the scoreboard could take several days, according to Cleveland.com. It is the first step in the team’s transition into its new brand.

World Series starts with both teams in court of public opinion

World Series starts with both teams in court of public opinion

Unrepentant cheaters and outdated nicknames? The Astros and Braves have attracted the ire of both fans and neutrals.

As Michael Brantley came up to bat in the fifth inning an advert for a gym flashed up on electronic hoardings with the slogan ‘Home of the Judgement Free Zone’.

It could easily have served as the motto of a raucous and roofed Minute Maid Park, the Astros’ safe and loving place, hermetically sealed off from the harsh verdicts of a suspicious outside world.

Deb Haaland, the Interior secretary, runs to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Deb Haaland, the Interior secretary, runs to honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Deb Haaland, President Biden’s secretary of the Interior, was among this year’s more recognizable amateur runners.

Haaland wrote in an opinion article for The Boston Globe that she was running the marathon, which is taking place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as a tribute to “missing and murdered Indigenous peoples and their families, the victims of Indian boarding schools, and the promise that our voices are being heard and will have a part in an equitable and just future in this new era.”

Squaw Valley Ski Resort Has a New Name

Squaw Valley Ski Resort Has a New Name

The legendary California ski resort formerly known as Squaw Valley officially has a new name as of this week: Palisades Tahoe. The name comes from a storied zone on the mountain, a steep, chute-riddled area above its Siberia chairlift, that has been the focus of many classic ski movies, dating back to the era of pioneering freeskiers like Scot Schmidt and Shane McConkey.

New for ’22: Meet the Cleveland Guardians

New for ’22: Meet the Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland MLB team officially has its new name.

The team announced Friday morning that it will be changing its name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians through a video posted to its Twitter account. The name will begin to go into effect following the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Nevada passes law that bans racially discriminatory school mascots and ‘sundown sirens’

Nevada passes law that bans racially discriminatory school mascots and ‘sundown sirens’

The state of Nevada is banning “racially discriminatory” school mascots after legislation was signed into law on Friday, as well as banning town sirens historically used to discriminate.

Gov. Steve Sisolak was joined by members of the Nevada Indian Commission and tribal elders during the signing. Assembly Bill 88 specifically prohibits using “a name, logo, mascot, song or other identifier associated with the Confederate States of America or a federally recognized Indian tribe,” except when a tribe has specifically given a school permission to do so.

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What Winning Should Really Look Like for the Washington Football Team

While the Washington Football Team’s NFC East championship and team owner Dan Snyder’s decision to rename the franchise (though only after succumbing to political and investor pressure) are major victories in the fight for dismantling harmful stereotypes, the organization’s underlying sexist culture must still be addressed.

Aviva Kempner and Jessie Atkin discuss the underlying sexist culture in the Washington Football organization and the intersection of sexism and racism across our popular culture.

Imagining the Indian won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short!

Imagining the Indian won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short!

Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting was honored to be selected to participate in Film Pittsburgh’s Fall Festival 2020. The virtual festival, which ran November 11th-22nd, featured the newest addition to the Film Pittsburgh family, the Three Rivers Film Festival, along with the highly-regarded Pittsburgh Shorts. Our Work-In-Progress was screened as a part of the Pittsburgh Shorts program, and we are proud to announce that Imagining the Indian won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short! When we wrap production on the feature length film, we look forward to being a part of this wonderful festival again, and (fingers crossed!) winning Best Documentary Feature!
Racism in Native American Names & Mascots

Racism in Native American Names & Mascots

Studio Sacramento, of PBS KVIE, interviewed a panel, including our own Ben West (co-Director of Imagining the Indian) and Kevin Blackstone (Producer of Imagining the Indian) about the history and prevalence of Native American names and mascots in sports today. You can watch the full segment here.

ESPN – The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap

Kevin Blackistone, the co-producer of an upcoming film about the Washington Redskins and the push to change their name, explains why he has long been an opponent of the Redskins name.

Washington Should Avoid ‘Warriors’ or ‘Red Tails’ for New Team Name, ‘Imagining the Indian’ Directors Say

“I hope that it’s done responsibly. I think some of the names being kicked around right now are problematic, and anything including ‘Red’ in it, we need to start with a clean slate here, not try to hang onto any of the holdover from previous names and imagery,” West, a member of the Cheyenne nation, said of some of the popular options being floated around, such as Washington Warriors or Washington Red Tails. “In this case, the obvious problem is that if you replace the current name with that, aren’t all the same people in face paint playing Indian going to continue to do the same thing?”

“It’s time for a reckoning.”

“This is an important subject and an important film.”

“Racial slurs shouldn’t be a regular part of everyday conversations, let alone cherished and institutionalized. It’s time for sports fans to open their eyes.”

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