JOIN THE NATIVE AMERICAN RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF CONRAD'S REDSKIN

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A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF CONRAD HIGH SCHOOL TO EDUCATE THOSE BOARD MEMBERS AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS WHO DID NOT BOTHER TO ATTEND REDSKIN EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS BEFORE VOTING


WHEREAS, we, the members of the Native American Guardians Association of the United States, invoking the divine blessing of the Creator upon our efforts and purposes, in order to preserve for this nation and our descendants the legacy history and proud traditions of native nations and our goal to educate minds and enlighten hearts in fostering a better and more thorough understanding of native people, our icons, our imagery and to preserve our cultural values by turning back the movement to eradicate our symbols in public and instead utilize them as a bridge to understanding do hereby establish and submit the following resolution; and

WHEREAS, the Native American Guardians Association (NAGA) was established in the wake of a wave of cultural damages and losses to Native American public imagery to become the most dedicated organization of American Indians whose goal it is to “Educate not Eradicate”; and

WHEREAS, many long-established and well respected logos, icons and symbols of our history, our tribes and our nations have been targets of unwarranted negativity, political “correctness” through legal and media campaigns designed to misinform which has resulted in extremely harmful cultural effects which, in a accumulative fashion, will negatively affect every area of our collective American and Native American life; and

WHEREAS, the “Mascot” Board of Conrad was unduly influenced by the corrupt messages and presence of John Kane who is an associate of New Yorker Ray Halbritter who, together with non-native politicians and corporations, have unduly paid off other “Redskins” High Schools for changing their name, have forwarded and championed negative and dishonest history and legislation demanding the removal of other High School logos and names depicting our sacred red painted warriors known in pubic as Redskins among others; and

WHEREAS, Ninety one percent of Native Americans polled, via the only valid survey of its kind carried out by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, said that the name Redskins is not problematic while latest Wilmington Redskin surveys demonstrates a similar numerical strength of conviction; and

WHEREAS, Any name change defiles the honorable Lenape language itself where long-held self-describes variations of Redskin such as: òlàmàni - “Red Paint”; mèxkeòhkësit - “Red Skinned Person” or mèxkeòhkësichik as "Red Skinned People;” and

WHEREAS, The use of the honorable and well respected Conrad Headdress logo closely parallels the same honorable and well respected head dresses used with pride at many majority Native American schools; and

WHEREAS, that a substantial portion of the appointed “Mascot Board” members failed to attend key educational meetings before voting to change the school’s Redskin’s name and moniker; and NAGA’s input to the board on keeping the honorable Redskin was not received, considered or debated by a significant number of board members voting “no” as; and

WHEREAS, the coveted Native American democratic debate and integrity principles of Gayanashagowa, known as the Great Law of Peace, dictate that this decision should have been honestly vetted and debated with those it would impact as it will greatly diminish Native American’s public standing as it removes an historic bridge to our unique and historically significant Red Painted Warriors whose presence in the public sphere promotes educational engagement opportunities future for our tribal citizens and for all Americans at large.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAGA hereby declares its continuing support for those citizens of Wilmington, Delaware and all tribal persons who understand and are willing to fight in furthering the cause of respectful and sensitive use of Native American logos and symbols in public; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we are committed to promoting the principle of realistic yet positive Native American engagement with the public to include requiring any Native American themed school to require both local and national Native American history lessons so as to imbue into all students both pride in having the opportunity to represent this continent’s first citizens but a deep and pragmatic understanding of our culture, our philosophies and our legacy positive contributions in making the United States a better place for all peoples; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that maintaining tribal nations’ legacies and robust public education via symbols, names and icons are inextricably linked, one cannot be truly achieved without the other; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NAGA and its affiliate groups will support the voting citizens and alumni of Conrad in not only turning back the insensitive, damaging and irresponsible assumption that Redskins, which has always been used objectively and specifically to honor the region's red painted warriors, is suddenly changed as to be subjectively "offensive" at Conrad, but will seek to enhance and bolster the status, legacy and cultural sensitivity of all schools in the United States lucky enough to feature positive public Native American symbol and name; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution shall be the policy of NAGA until it is withdrawn or modified by subsequent resolution.


Mark Yellowhorse Beasley, Navajo

President, Native American Guardians Association


Eunice Davidson, Dakota Sioux

Immediate Past President, NAGA / Author: “Aren’t We Sioux Enough”


Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown

Leader of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe


Shelby Benallie, Navajo

505 Redskins Organization, Phoenix


Pretty Deer, Spirit Lake, Assinbonie & Standing Rock Sioux

Native American Guardian


Mark OneWolf, Chiricahua Apache & Founder

Native American Redskins Nation


Jacob Bouvette, Blackfoot Tribe

Host, The Beating Drum Radio Program


Bill Dieckman, Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma

Native American Guardian



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