Did they all get drunk like Indians too??
I know, I know,
LORD I APOLOGIZE
So they weren’t ten little Indian boys? Seriously, what the hell right does a public university have to tell these people how they can and can’t dress- especially at a private function in their own sorority house? If this was the University of Pennsylvania, not only could they dress up any way they liked, but they could do it at the university president’s home and get their picture taken with her to boot!
We had an anti-nickname agitator in my town. She also filed suit against the performance of “Little Mary Sunshine.”.
The team name is Blackhawks. In the 1990s, permission was asked of the ancestors of Chief Blackhawk to use the name. Permission was granted and there was actually a ceremony involved.
The real kicker is this person is Scots Irish. She has no Indian blood. She has a daughter conceived by artificial insemination whom she claims is 1/2 American Indian. Thing is, while the girl *looked Indian*, I saw a photo of the mother at the same age and she looked exactly like her daughter. The key appearance element here is straight black hair.
My husband was investigating this person and went to the anti-nickname site she frequented. At the time, there was a huge uproar there over the agitator not being Indian. Turned out that her main supporter on the site, who posted under an Indian-sounding name, was also Caucasian.
Fast forward several months after the demonstrations and national news coverage. We are attending a potluck at our sailing club. One of the members is a sociology teacher at a university 45 miles from our little town. HE had instigated a group of his students to attend the demonstrations and was bragging to me that he was producing activists. I gave him a piece of my mind, explained the Blackhawk family permission history and he just looked at me blankly. Evidently, it is not possible for anyone to agree to the use of any American Indian name for any purpose other than the name of a tribe. Period. End. Oh, and this person is also Caucasian.