Community Voices: Native American students challenge use of harmful mascots in film ‘You’re Honoring Who?’

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“I think in sports teams especially, that we would take something that brings people together and cause a cultural group of people in our country so much harm when that is completely an unnecessary thing to do,” said Laura Yost, an educator at South High in Minneapolis.

Indigenous people continue to be disrespected by American sports teams who use sacred Native American cultural symbols and offensive language for their mascots.
Students from South High VOICES Whisper Urrutia, Tyler Zeman Ashonti Howard examine the local and national impacts of persistent hurtful stereotypes of Native Americans.

VOICES (Views, Options, Issues and Choices Explored in Society) is a combined English/Social Studies class at South High in which students explore social issues through media projects. It is taught by Delainia Haug and Laura Lanik with assistance from teaching artist John Akre.

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