Report Rollout Re: Effect of Native American Mascots

Prof. Phillips

From Professor Victoria Phillips of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic:

“In my scholarship and clinic work, I have been involved for the past several years in representing Native clients in the controversy surrounding the Washington NFL team’s disparaging trademark and related issues. I have had the great privilege to work with Suzan Harjo, the national leader on this effort. Building on this work, I have co-authored a report with Erik Stegman at The Center for American Progress (CAP) titled “Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Mascots on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth.”

“The report will be released at an event at CAP on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, and it examines the research on the mental health impacts of racist team names and mascots on AIAN youth and the effects on their education, proposing new recommendations to local, state, and federal education agencies to tackle the problem. It also features personal testimonials from AIAN youth about how these racist stereotypes affect their self-esteem and create hostile learning environments. The program rolling out the report will feature keynote remarks from Rep. Betty McCollum, followed by remarks from a young American Indian high school football player, and a panel of experts and tribal leaders.  Please join us or tune in to the webcast!

Clinic publishes case studies of Native American mascot changes

WCL Glushko-Samuelson IP Clinic

Today the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University Washington College of Law is publishing a collection of case studies showing how four universities successfully retired and replaced mascots that play on Native American stereotypes. The studies, which examine mascot changes at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, University of Oklahoma, and Syracuse University, were prepared by student attorneys in the clinic during the 2012-2013 school year. These studies, which show how communities have ultimately embraced this change, may be of help to the Washington football team as it considers its options following the cancellation of its trademark.

Read the full report (PDF) by clicking the link below:

Changing the Mascot at Dartmouth, Stanford, Oklahoma and Syracuse

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