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Indian coalition against racism

Indian coalition against racism

Press Release
August 19, 2008

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Louis Gray 918-766-4530 or
Cindy Martin at 918-633-3381

TICAR Joins SPIRIT rally against Redskin Mascot at Union v. Jenks game

Tulsa, OK-- Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism (TICAR) will join the Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Traditions (SPIRIT) as they call for an end to the Redskin mascot and renewing their effort to free Leonard Peltier. The rally will start at 5 pm at Union Tuttle Stadium on the public sidewalk. Participants will call on Union to drop its controversial mascot, and draw attention to the upcoming parole hearing for Leonard Peltier accused of killing two FBI agents 33 years ago despite considerable evidence that suggests he is innocent.

September 12th is Leonard Peltier's Birthday AND the annual football showdown between Union and Jenks to be held this year at the Union Tuttle Stadium. TICAR and SPIRIT are joining together to educate the public about the type of mockery and disrespect American Indian sports team mascots encourage in their fans and others, (see link:, against American Indian peoples. TICAR asks all our members, friends and supporters to come stand with us to stop the use of derogatory Indian mascots on September 12th.

TICAR has attempted to meet with Union School Board officials and have never been placed on the school board agenda. TICAR calls on Union to reconvene an open task force of school officials and Native Americans to study the use of the mascot. “Union has been given every opportunity to join the fraternity of other schools to change” said TICAR President Louis Gray.

We have been respectful and patient," Gray added. The school board met in a closed process and voted to continue the use of the Redskin mascot several years ago. The Tulsa civil rights group has tried to educate the school system about the use of the mascot but has never been granted an audience to air their grievances.

SPIRIT led the successful counter rally against the Land Run activities last year that had over 500 people in attendance.

TICAR has been joined in the effort to end the use of the mascot by the Tulsa Chapter of the NAACP, The Jewish Federation, the Coalition Of Hispanic Organizations (COHO), the Tulsa Inter-Faith Alliance, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ), and many other groups have called on Union to change.

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