With Redskins name change, KC Chiefs and a local HS team come into focus, too
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!
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.
KC Star article focusing on the KC Football team in light of the BLM movement
It’s time for the Chiefs to defuse the cultural offenses they enable and reflect
KCUR article with 3 Haskell Indian Nations University Professors on the KC football team
Kansas Citians Fighting For Racial Justice Must Reckon With Indigenous Historyhttps://www.kcur.org/history/2020-07-12/kansas-citians-fighting-for-racial-justice-must-reckon-with-indigenous-history
VOX commentary by Rhonda LeValdo one day before the Superbowl 2020
The Kansas City Chiefs’ racist “Arrowhead Chop” has flown under the radar. Not anymore.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ chant isn’t a tribute to people like me. It’s racist.https://www.vox.com/first-person/2020/2/1/21115858/super-bowl-2020-chiefs-kansas-city
The KC Star FB Live with Rhonda LeValdo talking about the KC football team and why it is inappropriate
Kansas City Star Editorial by Rhonda LeValdo
Why did the KC football team invite Native Americans to bless the drum if they don’t represent Native Americans?
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
Kansas City Chiefs DO NOT Represent Native People
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
Please snail mail if possible.
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
Bringing back Not in Our Honor
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 email@example.com