Screening, panel at KU to discuss the fight against Native American mascoting

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Several KU departments will come together to host a free screening of the documentary “Imagining the Indian” Wednesday, followed by a panel discussion with members of the group Not In Our Honor.

The award-winning documentary, subtitled “The Fight Against Native American Mascoting,” examines the movement to end Native American names and images being used as mascots.

“Imagining the Indian is not only a documentary film, but a call to action for anyone who would like to be involved in the fight to address the way that Native Americans have been misrepresented in sports, film, television, literature, pop culture, and beyond,” producer Ben West, Cheyenne, said in an email prior to a previous local screening of the film.

A panel discussion with members of the local group Not in Our Honor, which is “dedicated to stopping cultural appropriation of Native American people,” will follow the screening. Panel members include Rhonda LeValdo, Acoma Pueblo; Gaylene Crouser, Standing Rock Sioux; and Carole Cadue-Blackwood, Kickapoo. 

The screening is set to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Marvin Hall, 1465 Jayhawk Blvd. on the KU campus.

Co-sponsors for the event include KU’s Native American Initiatives, the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, the Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of African and African-American Studies.

Learn more about the documentary on its website,

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