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Letter: Racism and the mascot ban

Letter: Racism and the mascot ban

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The national media back around the end of the month and date of Saturday, May 29th reported that a mass grave containing the remains of 215 children has been found in Canada at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people. The children were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978.

On Friday, June 4th, it was announced that the state of Nevada had passed a bill banning "racially discriminatory" school mascots and as well banning town sirens historically used to discriminate.

Beginning with the Indian Civilization Act Fund of March 3, 1819 and the Peace Policy of 1869 the United States, the U.S. Government adopted an Indian Boarding School Policy expressly intended to implement cultural genocide through the removal and reprogramming of American Indian and Alaska Native children to accomplish the systematic destruction of Native cultures and communities, basically some 357 boarding schools within some 30 states were created.

This issue about the boarding schools pertains mainly to the past, saying about the late 1800s and early 1900s, with no real meaning to the modern day times and I’d say, the vast majority of us were probably not born yet.

So how are these two issues related? First off, let me explain that in the past, there was intentional mental abuse, sexual abuse, beatings and even murder, along with prohibiting of participation of cultural, traditional, custom or beliefs activity along with the stripping of traditional clothes and cutting of the hair, a racial hate created by all mankind that stepped foot on our homeland.

Yes, the past history of the U.S. Government, society and people who demanded more land for their people caused the world's worst Genocide and Holocaust which is why I state it is time for the Elko Indians to become probably the Elko Pioneers, more fitting for a modern town of mining, with a Trail Center, Cowboy Poetry and the Nevada Museum but I’m sure some modern tribal members would contest that.

Larry Kibby



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