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Mascot debate re-ignited at Stanford University

Stanford University in California got rid of its "Indian" mascot in 1972 but some students and alumni have a hard time letting go.

At a recent game, some people wore t-shirts featuring a big-nosed, angry-looking "Indian." That prompted the Stanford American Indian Association to condemn the resurrection of the mascot. Stanford President John Hennessy also condemned the mascot.

That didn't end the debate. Letters started pouring into The Stanford Review, an independent newspaper, and The Stanford Daily, the official school newspaper. Kimball Bighorse, a Haudenosaunee/Dine senior and columnist for The Daily, got into a war of words with The Review, which expressed sympathy for the people who resurrected the mascot.

The Review is now publishing even more about the mascot. Bighorse contributes a column, as does Joe Fairbanks, an Indian alumnus from Oklahoma. Luukas Ilves, an editor for the paper, said more views are welcome on the subject.

Get the Story:
Kimball Bighorse: The Price of of the Indian Mascot (The Stanford Review 3/17) Mascot Complaints Deflect from Important Issues (The Stanford Review 3/17)
Luukas Ilves: “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” (The Stanford Review 3/17)
Luukas Ilves The elephant in the room: freedom of speech (The Stanford Review 3/17)
Anatomy of a Revolution: A brief history of the Stanford Indian (The Stanford Review 3/17)
The Lighter Side of History (The Stanford Review 3/17)

Relevant Links:
Stanford - http://www.stanford.edu

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