I believe that the hidden agenda behind Indian mascots and logos is about cultural, spiritual and intellectual exploitation. Therefore, the real issues are about power and control. These negative ethnic images are driven by those that want to define other ethnic groups and control their images. To me, power and control is the ability to make you believe that someone's truth is the absolute truth. Furthermore, it's the ability to define a reality and to get other people to affirm that reality as if it were their own.

STATEMENT OF ACTIONABLE STEPS ON CLEVELAND BASEBALL TEAM NAME CHANGE

This pattern of shameful and exploitative conduct on the part of Cleveland Baseball must not be overlooked. And due to its ignominious history of engagement with the local indigenous community, it is wise of us to question whether the decision to finally change its name and “advance social justice” is sincere or simply a public relations decision on the part of the franchise. Nor should it be lightly noted that even with continuous indigenous activism, it took the very public execution of a person of color and weeks of civil disobedience before Cleveland Baseball has become willing to reconsider its morally bankrupt decisions of the last half-century.

The time for Cleveland Baseball to act is now! Not next year. Not next month. Not next week. To that end, and in an effort to restore balance, Cleveland AIM has outlined actionable steps we believe Cleveland Baseball should implement immediately to stop the ongoing harm, resist further harmful action, and begin to repair the harm which has occurred as a result of the marketing of “Indians” and “Wahoo”, and public culture built around being part of “The Tribe”.

2020 Opening Day Demonstration

Moderator's Note:
Opening Day has been postponed due to Covid-19 fears. When it has been rescheduled, we will reschedule our demonstration.

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Dreamcatcher Workshop by Mary High Elk

Moderator's Note:
March workshop has been cancelled. We will try to meet again in April. Please check back again later for updates.

Graffiti Art and Indigenous Culture, February 27, 2020

Julie Garreau (Lakota), a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and founding director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project in South Dakota, will speak at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike on Thursday, February 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Learn more about the work of this award-winning leader here: https://youtu.be/hsLMeVAMiHw

The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle documentary screening, February 20, 2020

Photo of Adam Fortunate Eagle

Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee invites you to a documentary entitled "Contrary Warrior: The Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle" (82 mins.), an intimate first-person account on the life and work of Native activist, artist, ceremonial leader, enemy of the State, and author, Adam Fortunate Eagle. 

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National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Feb 2020

NACIE membership consists of fifteen (15) members who are Indian (including Alaska Native) as defined in 20 U.S.C. § Sec. 7491(3), and are appointed by the President lists of nominees furnished, from time to time, by Indian tribes and organizations. The fifteen members represent different geographic areas of the United States.

A draft agenda is included for download.

This meeting is free and open to the public to attend in person or through the online portal. Registration required.

Office of Indian Education Job Posting, Feb 2020

The Director of Office of Indian Education vacancy was published Feb 3rd on USA Jobs. Links are included for the position. Please note, there two postings – one for the public and one for current or former Federal employees and others who are eligible under special hiring authority. Both postings are Indian Preference.

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