Who were the people invited, why was no one from the Kansas City Indian Center invited or any Native American with significant ties to KC invited to present dialogue?
All we ask is that KC ask the fans to stop dressing up like Native Americans, that is it! Why is that so hard if they don’t represent Native Americans?
Tune in to Native Spirit Radio on 90.1FM Sunday November 9th 5pm CT to hear Moses Brings Plenty discuss the issue with Rhonda LeValdo. Stream online at http://www.kkfi.org
As the Kansas City Chiefs continue their season, the use of Native American Drums, images and fans dressing as Native Americans is continuing. We need to ask the CEO Clark Hunt to tell the fans, the KC Chiefs are not named after Native Americans.
Conveniently there is no e-mail address to the the CEO or Administration, although you can also send an email through the website, here is the link : http://www.kcchiefs.com/contact-us.html
Clark Hunt CEO and Chairman, Mark Donovan, Administration
Kansas City Chiefs
The University Of Kansas Hospital Training Complex
One Arrowhead Drive
Kansas City, MO 64129
Back in October of 2005, I started Not in Our Honor along with other college students to make sure a presence was at the KC vs. Washington football game. We wanted to educate people and let them know we didn’t appreciate the use of Native American Stereotypes for their entertainment. That day, we had so many out supporting us, it was a great showing. Unfortunately our message of being an education rally was lost as we were called “protestors” by the mainstream media.
It has been over 8 years and Kansas City really hasn’t promoted their team as much as they have recently with KC winning. I hear McDonald’s commercials with the drum being beaten and the announcer asking for people to put on their headdresses. Price Chopper, Hyvee, they all use these native stereotypes as well.
It has become so bad and all I remember is the KC franchise telling us in 2006, that they didn’t represent Native people and we asked for them to tell their fans that. Tell them to stop dressing up like Natives, erecting tee pees, stop the face paint and they refused.
This year, KC will once again play Washington, but in D.C. I want to ask all of you who want to be a part of this, to once again, go to the KC general manager and have him ask the fans to stop with the misappropriation of our culture. Thank you! All emails can go to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is time that the Kansas City Chiefs tell its fans they don’t represent Native American people.