Designated Honoree Declines Invitation to Hit Stadium Drum

October 11, 2020

Kansas City, MO-

In standing with solidarity with Not In Our Honor, the drum honoree/ Spirit Leader Edgar Palacios decided to not hit the drum and continue stereotypes perpetuated by this action.

Palacios was picked for his contributions to the Hispanic/Latinx communities for Hispanic Heritage Month. He found the Latinx Education Collaborative to increase the representation of Latinx education professionals in K-12.

Mr. Palacios felt by supporting Native Americans, he can help the message get to the KC football team that it does “take all of us” to “End Racism”.  Palacios stated,

“While humbled to be recognized by our local football team to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I did not feel comfortable banging the drum. As Cesar Chavez once said, “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

Not In Our Honor and the Kansas City Indian Center greatly appreciate Mr. Palacios contributions to our cause.

Rhonda LeValdo, Acoma Pueblo; Amanda Blackhorse, Navajo Nation; Jimmy Beason, Osage Nation; Carole Cadue-Blackwood, Kickapoo Nation; Shereena Becenti, Navajo Nation; Ed Thomas Smith, Osage Nation; Gaylene Crouser, Kansas City Indian Center Executive Director

This excellent conversation with Global Roots Radio on the potential of history being made with the changing of the Washington football team!

The conversation starts about 31 minutes in!

https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/missing-people-n-places-mix-rhonda-levaldo-on-mascots-and-the-native-movement-first-segment-of-internality-with-the-word/?fbclid=IwAR0yLE-kdMuHR701q3ZWtAdORr7qRj0dnDzYtUlC1744Egt68LZf2RcOly8

Suzan Shown Harjo (L) pictured with KKFI radio host Rhonda LeValdo (R) at the Native American Journalists Association Conference in Washington D.C.. Harjo was the first plaintiff to file suit against the Washington football team.