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Subject: URGENT CALL TO ACTION!
  Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 01:02:11 CST
  From: "NCRSM Illinois" <ncrsm@hotmail.com>
  To: NCRSM@hotmail.com

NATIONAL COALITION ON RACISM IN SPORTS AND THE MEDIA (NCRSM)

For more information contact:
Michael S. Haney, Natl. Exec. Dir. NCRSM. (217) 355-6757 or (217) 344-6928
Cyd Crue, NCRSM-IL Vice President (217) 355-6757
Paula Ostrovsky,NCRSM-IL Exec. Dir. (217) 344-6928

URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

Dear Friends     As part of our national campaign to rid U.S. schools of racist mascots, the NCRSM has been involved in negotiations with the Salmon, Idaho, School Board to eliminate their Salmon Savages mascot and name. The School Board had agreed to drop all Native imagery and was still considering whether to keep the name. Recent reports indicate that the Salmon School Board is reneging on this decision and will decide what to do after talking with the local Shoshone Bannock Tribal leaders. The Shoshone Bannock Tribe was among many that voted unanimously for resolutions against Indian mascots and names, and more recently on a resolution affirming traditional and cultural property rights, at the National Congress of American Indians. However, the Shoshone Bannock Tribal Council has remained silent in this particular case. The neighboring Pocatello School District is also trying to keep their "Indians" high school "tradition"and will follow the actions of the Salmon Board. Regardless of the actions of the local tribe, we feel that the impact of calling Native Americans "savages" or having us as mascots affects all Indians in this country and this is why we need your voice to be heard.

The NCRSM calls for your immediate support on the following actions:

1. Contact the Shoshone Bannock Tribal Council asking for their support:

Shoshone Bannock Tribe
P.O. Box 220
Fort Hall, ID 83203
Telephone: (208) 238-3805 or (208) 238-3700 Fax: (208) 237-0797
Duane Thompson, Tribal Chairman
Keith Tinno
J. D. Wadsworth
Claudio Broncho
Whitie Edmo
Larry Bagley
Mike Dann

2. Contact the Salmon School District asking them to change the mascot and name:
Candice R. Donicht
Superintendent District No. 291
P.O. Box 790
Salmon, ID 83467
Telephone: (208) 756-4271 Fax: (208) 756-6695

3. Contact the Pocatello School District asking them to change the mascot and name:
Carol McWilliam (School District Director of Secondary Education and
Principal of Pocatello High School)
School District No. 21
3115 Poleline Rd.
Pocatello, ID 83204
Telephone: (208) 233-2056 Fax: (208) 232-0365

Pocatello High School
325 N. Arthur St.
Pocatello, ID 83204-3101
Telephone: (208) 232-3563

4. Write to the Salmon newspaper:
The Recorder Herald
519 Van Dreff St.
Salmon, ID 83467
Telephone: (208) 756-2221 Fax: (208) 756-2222

5. Write to the Pocatello paper:
Idaho State Journal
305 South Arthur
PO Box 431
Pocatello, Idaho 83204

6. Write to the Tribal Paper:
Sho-Ban News
P.O. Box 900
Fort Hall, ID 83203
Telephone: (208) 238-3703 Fax: (208) 238-3702
e-mail: shobnews@ciberhighway.net
Switchboard Phone: (208) 232-4161
Newsroom Fax: (208) 233-8007
Advertising Fax: (208) 233-1642
Classifieds Advertising: (208) 232-4780
Press Release E-mail: pressrelease@journalnet.com
Letters to the Editor E-mail: letters@journalnet.com
General Newsroom E-mail: newsroom@journalnet.com

6. Lastly, we need your help on our legal battle against the Marquette, MI School Board (defending their "Redmen and Redettes"). The Defendants have asked for a jury trial, so things will get very interesting. Lawyers, other volunteers, letters of support, resolutions and position papers to build our case, and donations are needed.
Please contact NCRSM at NCRSM@HOTMAIL.COM or
crue@uiuc.edu or (217) 344-6928/355-6757.


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