Yale/Dartmouth 100th Commemorative Football Game Program Causes Ire with American Indians

Yale v. Dartmouth football game program.

Yale v. Dartmouth football game program.


Published October 12, 2016

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — In commemoration of the 100th meeting between Yale and Dartmouth football teams, this past Saturday’s game program depicts American Indians in a negative fashion. The Association of Native Americans at Yale were quick to condemn “the production and circulation of racist images of Native peoples used to commemorate the 100th football game between Dartmouth and Yale on October 8, 2016.”

Dartmouth retired the “racist stereotypes it perpetuates,”

One image from the November 4, 1944 football game program cover is an illustration of a Yale football player setting an American Indian’s clothing on fire. Another image shows an American Indian dangling from a tree branch while a bulldog stands below with a piece of the American Indian’s attire in its teeth.

By Sunday, Yale University issued an apology.

The Association of Native Americans at Yale posted a statement on its Facebook page, which reads, in part:

We thank the Yale Athletics Department for their apology and look forward to working with them to prevent future circulation of blatantly racist images of Indigenous peoples. Although the Yale Athletic Department apologized for the program, Yale University continues to erase the contribution of Indigenous peoples. Yale College venerates John C. Calhoun, founder of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and refuses to recognize the Quinnipiac people’s ongoing relationship with the land on which the University resides. The Yale University Art Gallery erases contemporary Native artists and communities by displaying solely historical art. The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History presents our art ethnographically alongside dinosaurs and fossils, refuses to remove sacred pieces from view, and fails to acknowledge contemporary communities. It is clear that Yale institutions do not prioritize the accurate representation of Indigenous peoples and our role in Yale’s history.

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