NAACP Mascot Resolution (April 1999)

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO NATIVE AMERICAN MASCOTS

Whereas, the National NAACP is committed to caring for and affirming the gifts of all
people, with special regard to those oppressed or disenfranchised on the basis of race,
national origin, and cultural origin; and

Whereas, the use of Native American people, images, symbols, and cultural and religious
traditions as sports names, logos and mascots perpetuates racist stereotypes and
undermines the self-determination and dignity of Indian people; and

Whereas, the National NAACP, as a nationally and internationally recognized protector
of civil and human rights, is in the unique position to impact public and corporate policies
and practices,

Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the National NAACP call upon all members and friends
to refrain from purchasing items with Native American sports team logos, and to cross
out such logos on merchandise already in their possession.

Be It Further Resolved, that the National NAACP call upon member branches and State
Conferences of Branches to inform themselves of and support local efforts to eliminate
the use of Native American people, images, symbols, and cultural and religious traditions
as sports names, logos and mascots.

Be It Finally Resolved, that the National NAACP call upon all professional sports teams,
and public and private schools and universities currently using such names and images to
reject the use of Native Americans, and all historically oppressed people and their
cultural traditions, as sports mascots and symbols, and affirm their commitment to
respectful racial and cultural inclusion in all aspects of their institutions.

Respectfully Submitted on April 28, 1999 by:
Cleveland Jefferson, President
Champaign County Branch