US Rep Betty McCollum Letter Regarding Washington Team Mascot Name; AIM Press Release & Manifesto

Congresswoman Betty McCollum has released a letter to the major parties involved in the movement to ban the Washington Football Team name and mascot from the Metrodome November 7.

McCollum Letter to Minnesota Sports Facilities(1)

In addition, the American Indian Movement and the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media have sent out a press release on the same topic.

Press Release Oct 22

This is a copy of the Manifesto referred to in the press release.

Mascot Manifesto

Coverage of the 44th Annual Dakota Conference in the Argus Leader

Here are some links to articles on, and photos of, the 44th Annual Dakota Conference that was held this weekend at Augustana College.  The theme was Wounded Knee 1973.  Unsurprisingly, Russell Means’ comments and keynote address got the most coverage.  The highlight for me was a panel on Native Women’s role in Wounded Knee, which included presentations by Professor Elizabeth Castle, Marcella Gilbert, and Danyelle Means.  I also really enoyed a talk by Professor Emerita Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and a talk and poetry reading by Allison Hedge Coke and Renee Sans Souci.  Finally, a panel discussion by Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, and Senator James Abourezk was very illuminating, as was a talk by journalist Kevin McKiernan, who covered the occupation from the inside for NPR. 





AIM: Movement or Mafia?

Interesting program hosted by MSU students, featuring Joseph and John Trimbauch, and Tim Giago. Commentary about Wounded Knee, “Incident at Oglala,” Leonard Peltier, Russell Means, and others. April 23 at the Kellogg Center.