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cause a major boycott. But why should this change of name cause a boycott? Because Americans only care about one person and that is themselves. Americans believe in protecting their own constitutional and or civil rights, not to help smaller minorities. Lame Deer hits the nail on the head when he states” Desire killed that man, as desire has killed many before and after him. If this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire, by lust of pleasure and self-gratification, by greed.” The earth that is going to be destroyed is the Indian culture while Americans sit on the side watching the slow and painful death. The desire will be the deaf ears the complaints are falling upon. And the lust of pleasure and self-gratification will be the not allowing the mascot to change,

because the new mascot might not bring as much power or fear to the opponent. And the greed finishes it off with the demise of one culture to benefit with money and not thinking about another’s beliefs. “Native people are saying that they don’t feel honored by this symbolism. We experience it as no less than mockery of our cultures. We see objects sacred to us- such as the drum, eagle feathers, face painting and traditional dress – being used, not in sacred ceremony, or in any culture setting, but in another’s game.” The Atlanta Braves are also causing controversy within the Native American community. Hank Aaron, a hall of fame, ex-professional baseball player, states “if the name “Braves” that he wore on his chest for decades was hurtful to many Native

Americans, then it should be changed.” After that statement Aaron became one of the first show a clear position on the issue at hand. The Braves a team that uses the tomahawk chop to rally their team have made one change that may put some angry native Americans at rest. A few years ago Atlanta changed their jersey from saying Braves to Atlanta. “IT is not an honor to see white and black sports fans, faces painted in hideous fashion, swilling beer, making chants they learned from Grade B movies, chopping the air in a sign known as the “tomahawk chop,” a sign that means kill and maim, thinking that it is a good thing. It is not an honor.” Tim Giago clearly expresses his view on the Atlanta Braves tomahawk chop. Americans many not understand what message they are relaying

while doing this chop, but that still gives them no right to use the name of a Native American Indian name. “Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves — Indian mascots and nicknames have historically been first draft picks in American sports. But for Charlene Teters, a Spokane Indian, transplanting cultural rituals onto the court is a symbol of disrespect. Jay Rosenstein follows Teters’ evolution from mother and student into a leading voice against the merchandising of Native American sacred symbols — and shows the lengths to which fans will go to preserve their mascots.” In keeping all the Native American Mascots in schools, colleges, and professional sports teams we are showing a lack of respect. The Native Americans have voiced the lack of honor these

names are bringing to them. “The fact that history has ignored the incredible pain we have inflicted on Native Americans does not now give us the right to ignore their largely muted call.” Americans need to take a step back think about how they would feel if there ritual and or sacred tradition was misused. “We feel that we are being put in a position of sacrificing our dignity and pride and will never be treated as equals in white society as long as the use of Indian symbols continues.”