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National Congress of American Indians

Est 1944


Denouncment of the Use of any
American Indian Name
or Artifice Associated
With Team Mascots by any Professional/Non-professional Sport Teams


WHEREAS, the American Indian and Alaska Tribal Government and people have gathered in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Mid-Year Meeting of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in order to promote the common interests and welfare of American Indians and Alaskan Native peoples; and

WHEREAS, NCAI is the oldest and largest intertribal organization representative of and advocate for national, regional, and local tribal concerns; and,

WHEREAS the NCAI condemns the racist and condescending attitude of team owners, colleges and high schools, which continue to demean the members of our Nations; and,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NCAI denounces the use of any American Indian name or Artifice associated with Indian mascots; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NCAI calls upon all reasonable individuals in decision making positions  to voluntarily change racist and dehumanizing mascots



S. Diane Kelly, Recording Secretary

Adopted by the Executive Council at the Mid-Year Meeting of the National Congress of American Indians, June 28-30, 1993.