Uni Watch's Paul Lukas continues to push the discussion on the use of Native American imagery and names in sports. In an interview published today, February 20, by ESPN, Lukas talks with the public relations director for the Saginaw Chippewas, Frank Cloutier, about the tribe's support for the use of some Native nicknames and mascots.
The Saginaw Chippewas, based in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, support the use of Native names by schools, including Central Michigan University (the Chippewas), and have publicy announced their support for a local high school's teams calling themselves the Warriors. The latter case has been particularly interesting, as the school in question, Bay City Western High School, is one among 35 listed by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights in a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education, claiming that the use of Native nicknames and mascots is harmful to Native children.
To read Lukas's interview with Cloutier, click here.