Indian Country 52 #8 – Damakota
“The girls have been handing out shirts that say “Not Your Mascot,” on the front. The girls say their message isn’t a racial issue, but a civil rights issue. 17 year-old Fidelity Eastman says the support from the community is making it easier to raise awareness, and make a positive change.
“We have a lot of support from different states and different counties that just want to be part of the positive change we have and our message is what we’re trying to push out there,” Eastman said.
The girls started raising awareness about this issue about a month ago.”
– KELO Land, Students Looking To Change Sisseton Mascot.
“Lee Ann Eastman says she thinks the Sisseton Redmen mascot has been a controversial issue since 1930. Tuesday night, a fight transpired, and Eastman thinks the reason for it was because of some t-shirts protesting the mascot.
The fight was between a Tiospa Zina Tribal School student, and a Sisseton student. The fight broke out in a bathroom in Sisseton during an eighth grade girls’ basketball game.
Monge Cha Eastman was one of the boys in the fight, and he claims he was the victim. Eastman says it all started because he was helping his sisters hand out some t-shirts that said “not your mascot” on the front with a crossed out Redmen mascot on the front.
“I was like handing out my shirts because I was proud of my sisters. When I was handing them to the Redmen students, they took offense and were like ‘oh they are just trying to make us mad,’” Monge said.”
– WKSFY, According to student, fight broke out over t-shirt.
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Indian Country 52
Indian Country 52 is a weekly project by David Bernie that uses the medium of graphic design by creating posters that promote issues and stories in Indian Country.
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