ACLU: Effort to Marginalize Indians Succeeding

by Scott Ott

(2005-08-12) — The nationwide campaign to drum American Indians out of the public square chalked up another win this week as NORAD announced it would stop using Indian names to describe its air defense exercises. This follows last week’s decision by the NCAA to ban Indian mascots from its college sports tournaments.

“Naming things after Indians gives these tribal people recognition that they don’t deserve,” said an unnamed spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “After all, we conquered them and occupied their land. Why give them the honor that comes from naming stuff after them as if they were brave, victorious warriors. They lost. Do you really want your children emulating a bunch of losers?”

In related news, the Indiana state legislature today will take up debate on a measure to change the state’s name to Caucasia.

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