The NBA has made a stand against racism during recent events. The NBA also does not use Native American names as mascots, as the NFL and MLB still do. But worse, many schools across the US still “play Indian” at half-time.
Many K-12 and higher ed schools objectify Native Americans as part of the formal school environment as the school mascot. This can be problematic for students as they see their customs and religions appropriated by the institution of education that is supposed to serve them. In Whose Honor is a film that addresses this issue. Native Americans in the film testify of how this objectification diminishes youths’ self-esteem and negatively impacts their lives. To learn more about why Playing Indian at half-time is problematic, view this article http://www.racismagainstindians.org/UnderstandingMascots.htm.