American Indian Community Fight R-Word in Paw Paw

Published January 18, 2017

 PAW PAW, MICHIGAN – Dozens of American Indians from Michigan and their allies are expected to attend the Paw Paw school Board of Education roundtable meeting tonight – Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – to tell the school board members why they think the school district’s usage of the Redski*n term should be retired and eliminated.

Most American Indians the R-word offensive and object to its usage for professional and school sports teams names, mascots and imagery.

The current Paw Paw school district logo uses a figure of a Sioux chief, which is a misrepresentation of images used by the People of the Three Fires (the Ojibwe, Ottawa and Potawatomi) who lived in Michigan prior to European or American contact. The Sioux lived, and still, live in the Great Plains region of the United States.

Tonight’s meeting begin’s at 7:00 p.m. and will take place at the Paw Paw High School, located at 30609 Red Arrow Highway, Paw Paw, Michigan 49079.

A final decision is expected at the Paw Paw Board of Education meeting on February 8, 2017.




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