NCAI Mascot Resolution (1993)

National Congress of American Indians

(Est 1944)

Adopted by the Executive Council at the Mid-Year Meeting of the National Congress of American Indians, June 28-30, 1993.

Denouncement of the Use of any American Indian Name or Artifice Associated With Team Mascots by any Professional/Non-professional Sport Teams

WHEREAS, the American Indian and Alaska Tribal Government and people have gathered in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Mid-Year Meeting of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in order to promote the common interests and welfare of American Indians and Alaskan Native peoples; and

WHEREAS, NCAI is the oldest and largest intertribal organization representative of and advocate for national, regional, and local tribal concerns; and,

WHEREAS, the NCAI condemns the racist and condescending attitude of team owners, colleges and high schools, which continue to demean the members of our Nations; and,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NCAI denounces the use of any American Indian name or Artifice associated with Indian mascots; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NCAI calls upon all reasonable individuals in decision making positions to voluntarily change racist and dehumanizing mascots

S. Diane Kelly, Recording Secretary (signed)