Reflecting on retiring native mascots to support relationships with Indigenous tribes: Opinion

August 10, 2021
Doug Lankford and Gregory P Crawford have penned an article discussing how they worked together through the process of retiring an athletics mascot with a racist name. The process enabled the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University to forge an open and trusting partnership that has led to collaboration on language and cultural revitalization efforts. Lankford and Crawford encourage institutions to get rid of mascots which are “damaging relics” and to embrace friendship and learning from each other. “We are equal partners in a project where both sides benefit, never one at the expense of the other,” write the authors. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)