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"Fightin' Whities v. Noble Savages: Are Indian sports mascots, logos, and nicknames racist acts of violence or symbols of honor in intercollegiate athletics?"
Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 6:30pm to Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:30pm

WHAT: This workshop will examine the controversy of using American Indian people as sports' mascots, logos, and nicknames in U.S. intercollegiate athletics.  Although many mainstream university athletic teams claim they are honoring American Indians by using their cultural image as sports mascots, this presentation will show how these acts (antics) become racist acts of violence and reflect a white cultural myth as well as possessive investment in whiteness.  Thus, using Indian mascots in sports culture continues a historical pattern of mythic narratives and dysconscious themes such as imperialist nostalgia, imagined community, and playing Indian by mainstream universities.
WHEN: Thursday, Apr 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Native American Student Center, 710 SW Jackson St

Presented by Dr. Cornel Pewewardy, Director and Associate Professor of Native American Studies, Portland State University
http://www.pdx.edu/magazine/news/challenging-mindsets

For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity
at 503-725-5919 or the Native American Student Center at 503-725-9695.