New Research Shows How Native American Mascots Reinforce Stereotypes

If your city has a team with a Native American mascot, you're more likely to hold stereotypical views of Native people.

Cleveland Indians fans hold up signs featuring mascot Chief Wahoo. Photo by Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr.

For years, many have said that sports teams with Native American mascots — the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, and Florida State Seminoles to name a few — perpetuate stereotypes against Native people. Others have argued these mascots are harmless and that, if anything, they symbolize reverence and respect while honoring the history of Native Americans.

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