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RESOLUTION 04249OR-05
United Indian Nations in Oklahoma (UINO)
REGULAR MEETING, APRIL 24, 1990
SADDLEBACK INN
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

A resolution urging educational institutions, businesses and organizations to abandon caricatures of American Indians that promote negative images and racism,

WHEREAS,  the United  Indian Nations In 0kIahoma (U.I.N.0) is a coalition of twenty-six (26) Tribes and Nations in Oklahoma, and

WHEREAS, the Inter-tribal CounciI of  U.I.N.O. is the governing body of U.I.N.O.'s Policy and Procedure, and

WHEREAS, Sports team mascots (Atlanta Braves, Washington Redskins, University of Illinois-Chief Illiniwek), automobiles and travel trailers (Comanche, Pontiac and Winnebago) ), chewing tobacco (Redman), are symbols that seem innocuous to some, are offensive to Indians, and

WHEREAS, Indian organizations, scholars, educators, and tribal leaders say such borrowing and commercialization of their lifeways and traditions has a degrading and de humanizing effect, and

WHEREAS, extreme caricatures such as the Cleveland Indians, Chief Illinwek (University of Illinois), and the Tecumseh Savages promotes ignorance and misunderstandings that are the basis for racism, and

WHEREAS, Being Indian involves not only race, but also being part of a political and Governmental unit of a tribe, Pueblo, or village.  Therefore racism as experienced by Native Americans involves a form of "Nationalism" or the failure of the dominant society to recognize the sovereign powers of Indian Governments, and

WHEREAS, When a nation can celebrate the "Earth Day" "Save the Whales" and boycott furriers, this nation needs to recognize the contributions of American Indians to the perception of modern day democracy, environmental health and the world food supply, so we may truly co-exist in this pluralistic society.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the United Indian Nations in Oklahoma urges schools, educational institutions and organizations to abandon these mascots and promote positive cultural diversity through positive imagery.

PASSED AND APPROVED BY THE INTER-TRIBAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED INDIAN NATIONS IN OKLAHOMA (UINO) ON THE 24TH DAY OF APRIL 1990, MEETING AT THE SADDLEBACK INN, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE OF ALL TRIBES IN FAVOR WITH A QUORUM BEING PRESENT

(Signed)
JUANITA L. LEARNED, CHAIRPERSON
WANDA STONE, SECRETARY

United Indian Nations In Oklahoma
Post Office Box 38
Concho, OK 73022


 
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