Wednesday, April 16, 2014

National Indian Gaming's Ernie Stevens Jr. Hates Mascots, OK with Abuse, Disenrollment, Civil Rights Violations.

Earning a "YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS!" award, Ernie Stevens Jr. of the NIGA chooses the Indian Mascot issue to stand up against, ignoring the more hurtful and damaging acts of stripping citizenship and heritage from Native Americans BY Native Americans.    Why not stand up for the THOUSANDS of Indians who have been harmed, Ernie?   Here is his statement as to why they pulled their sponsorship of a ......wait for it..... golf tournament:
The National Indian Gaming Association has a long-standing history of opposition to ethnically damaging mascots. (OP:  But NO history of standing up for disenrolled Indians) We have signed on in partnership with tribes, organizations and associations who represent the interests of Indian people who are and will always be against stereotypical sports imagery. Further, we have partnered with national Civil Rights organizations who have joined Indian country in opposing culturally harmful caricatures.
Our mission is to uphold sovereignty and increase the self-reliance of our Native people.       ( OP: Self reliance to abuse elders, practice APARTHEID and segregation) We are an organization of 184 member tribes entrusted to ensure there is a strong tribal presence here in Washington, D. C. to protect the Indian Gaming Industry. We have a strong commitment to our tribes and will continue to do so.
This issue provides us with another opportunity to help educate America so that we can grow out of the negative stereotypes of the past. Being separate, diverse groups of people with beautiful cultural traditions and beliefs makes us unique and distinct from one another, in a very positive sense. It adds to the fabric of the creation, allowing honor and respect for all things. This is the kind of harmony and appreciation we need to strive for every day.
To ensure the integrity of our 30-year-old association and our tribal nations, we have pulled our sponsorship from this golf tournament, which has just recently announced a partnership with the newly created Washington football team's Original Americans Foundation. When we agreed to be a sponsor to benefit Native American College Scholarships and Youth there was no mention of the involvement of the Washington football team.
As Chairman of NIGA, I will stand by my previous statements on this issue. The team's name is offensive and is a racial slur. We will not associate with organizations who continue to perpetuate derogatory depictions and images of Native Americans in this way. We need to move positively into the 21st Century and respect one another. It is unfortunate that this Foundation was utilized to further divide our Country over an issue that is a basic humanitarian principle. All people should be treated with honor and respect regardless of race, gender, or religion.


Anonymous said...

Maybe we could all call and express ourselves daily 202-546-7711.
Truth is more important than lies.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we could email daily also

Anonymous said...

The corrupt believe that if the disenrolling band members went away and kept this quite that things would be ok. What the truth is they wouldn't stay quite either. That's true!