Native People in Popular Culture, Stereotypes and Mascots: September 24, Syracuse


September 24, 2010, 7 pm at Syracuse Stage, Empire State College, 6333 Route 298, East Syracuse  map

The Onondaga Land Rights & Our Common Future (part II) continues the collaborative educational series bringing together the Central New York community, Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, Le Moyne College, Empire State College and others.

Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne and Muscogee) was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as a Congressional Liaison for Indian affairs and is the president of the Morning Star Institute, a Native American rights organization. In 1992 she initiated legal actions against the Washington Redskins seeking to force them to change their name.

Michael Taylor (Seneca Nation Wolf Clan) is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies at Colgate University. His research has focused on the use of Native American sports team mascots, representations of Native Americans via constructed imagery and processes of collective action in response to such images.

Douglas George-Kanentiio (Akwesasne Mohawk Bear Clan) is a former Board of Trustees member of the National Museum of American Indians, as well as a longtime journalist. His most recent book is titled “Iroquois on Fire: A Voice from the Mohawk Nation.”

The program is free and followed by a reception and the opportunity to participate in small discussion groups.

For further information, contact Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation,, 315-472-5478 or