Category Archives: Melinda Micco

NVTV – We are People, Not Your Mascots!

Cihuapilli Rose Amador LeBeau interviews Antonio Gonzales, Comca’ Ac/Chicano, (West – American Indian Movement, President) and Dr. Melinda Micco, Seminole/Creek/Choctaw, (Professor, Mills College) explore the origins of Native American mascots, the messages they convey, and the reasons for their persistence into the twenty-first century on Native Voice TV.

Don’t reopen mascot issue
Senate passes bill easing ban on Native names

By voting to loosen a state policy that bars public schools from using Native American mascots, the Oregon Senate has unwisely reopened the door to protracted debate over a divisive issue that appeared to have been resolved. That happened when the Oregon Board of Education voted last year to impose a statewide ban on Native American mascots, giving schools such as the Oakridge Warriors and the Roseburg Indians until mid-2017 to change mascots
or risk losing state funding.

Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, introduced Senate Bill 215 to correct what he argues was an administrative overreach by the board. While the board determined that the mascots perpetuate stereotypes, Kruse believes they honor Native American history and that it should be up to the tribes to decide if a mascot is discriminatory.

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Dr. Melinda Micco – “Killing The 7th Generation”


Melinda Micco

Killing the 7th Generation: Reproductive Abuses Against Indigenous Women (2010),

Dr. Melinda Micco and Co-Producer Esther Lucero

Apache writer Rope Wolf examines the American Indian connection to the Bay Area urban reservation in “Two Spirits: Belonging.” Diné Navajo educator Esther Lucero and Seminole professor Dr. Melinda Micco center their film “Killing The 7th Generation” on American Indian women who were sterilized without their consent. Chiricahua Apache elder Ruth Villasenor explores the legacy of colonization that created California’s Proposition 8, the California Marriage Protection Act which overturned the California Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

Fresno (CMAC 93) Educational Channel 93
of  Native Voice TV shows four times a week
(Monday, Wed., Friday & Sat.) at 5PM.