More than a decade ago, Sundance, a member of the Muscogee tribe, led a successful effort to change the mascot of a high school from the Oberlin Indians to the Oberlin Phoenix. So when the Major League Baseball ‘s Cleveland Indians announced that they will change their name, it was a "big win" for him and members of the Native community. But is it only the “tip of the iceberg,” he said. Sundance is the director of the Cleveland branch of the American Indian Movement, one of the organizations that has been urging national and local teams with indigenous names and mascots to change their names for more than 50 years. "There are so, so many issues that we need to address as indigenous people that are certainly more important than the mascot issue, but it is the mascot issue, among others, that prohibits people from seeing indigenous people as people," he told ABC News, adding that the Native American ethnicity is the only one that is widely used as a mascot across the country. To Native Americans, reparations can vary from having sovereignty to just being heard According to a FiveThirtyEight analysis , hundreds of schools across the country… Read full this story
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