Show: Maine Social Justice

Episode: 0235 MSJ SAD 54 Listens to Maine Indian Grievance About Mascots

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April 13. Skowhegan Middle School. The SAD 54 Board of Directors heard representatives of the four tribes of the Maine Wabanaki Nation. Though the public was invited to attend and listen, the purpose of this meeting was to hear the reservations the Indians had about using their name and image for school mascots. Their basic objections were that the native people have lived their traditions in this area for thousands of years. They have paid dearly to survive and to preserve their culture. They have no problem with the town (Skowhegan) using the words which mean, “A place to watch for Salmon” and to depict an Indian fishing. They see that as a true sign of respect. They do not, however, feel respected when they are made a mascot for a sports team. They feel that being made a mascot, much like an animal, destroys their humanity. The ten representatives all four tribes said they would welcome future open dialogue. Don’t miss the closing song, “I’m Not Your Mascot, I’m a Man” by Joe Pickering and Phil Coley.

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