Sam Sachs sees much wrong with continuing to have Native American mascots and team names in Oregon Schools. Sachs isn't an American Indian, but is a Jewish American journalist who has researched the damage Indian mascots and team names do to young children and adolescents. 'What qualifies me? I have spoken to and heard from literally hundreds of
students, elders and members of the Native American community in our
state who mirror what the research says and who support the elimination
of these mascots,' Sachs writes in his compelling opinion, then gives much evidence to support the harm these mascots and team names inflict on American Indian youth.
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Samuel Vargo worked as a full-time reporter and editor for more than 20 years at a number of daily newspapers and business journals. He was also an adjunct English professor at colleges and universities in Ohio, West Virginia, Mississippi (more...)