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Native American Names The Oxford Concise Dictionary defines mascot as a person or thing that is supposed to bring good luck especially one linked to a particular event or organization I find it incomprehensible why Native Americans would not find their names being used as good luck charms honoring I would find it personally honoring to be used as a good luck charm I see it being sort of like the rally monkeys at the last World Series They were seen as good luck so a little boy dressed up as a monkey and was brought back to every game Do you think that little boy was ever offended by being a good luck charm No he was proud to be thought of as good luck Schools have pride in their mascots they are their good luck charms It is very hard to throw away your mascot for a new one Pride is not something that can just be thrown away Some schools have changed their mascots altogether like Potomac High School in Oxon Hill Maryland who changed their name from the Braves to the Wolverines While other schools have altered their names like a school in New York that changed their name from the Redskins to the Red hawks Name-calling could be associated with the use of Native American names and mascots But name-calling will occur regardless of team names its a part of childhood Maybe my lack of contact with people of Native American decent have led me to be rather ignorant about native American issues I do however have a friend of Native American decent who cleared up some issues for me He gave me some insight into the offensiveness and mean spiritedness of some Native American names or mascots He said that names like the Kansas City Chiefs with their mascot of an arrowhead is very flattering and honoring A chief is a name that is associated with great honor
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