LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY BANDS OF ODAWA INDIANS

7500 Odawa Circle

Harbor Springs, MI 49740

RESOLUTION # 032005-04

CONDEMNING THE USE OF INDIAN LIKENESSES OR CULTURAL ITEMS AS MASCOTS, LOGOS OR NICKNAMES

WHEREAS: the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is a federally recognized Indian Tribe under Public Law 103-324, and is a party to numerous Treaties with the United States the most recent of which being the Treaty of Washington of March 28, 1836 (7 Stat. 491) and the Treaty of Detroit of 1855 (11 Stat. 621);

WHEREAS: the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Council is the duly elected governing body of the Tribe;

WHEREAS: the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Council finds that continued use of Indian mascots, logos, and nicknames by professional sports teams, universities and colleges and other schools, promotes and maintains inappropriate stereotypes of Indian people;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Council condemns the use of Indian likenesses or cultural items as mascots, logos, and nicknames by professional sports teams, universities, colleges and other schools.

CERTIFICATION

As Tribal Chairman and Tribal Secretary, we certify that this Resolution was duly adopted by the Tribal Council of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians at a regular meeting of the Tribal Council held March 20, 2005 at which a quorum was present, by a vote of 7 in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstentions, and 0 absent as recorded by this roll call:

 

In Favor

Opposed

Abstained

Absent

Frank Ettawageshik

X

Beatrice Law

X

Alice Yellowbank

X

Dexter McNamara

X

Fred Harrington, Jr.

X

Rita Shananaquet

X

Regina Bentley

X

Date: March 20, 2005

Frank Ettawageshik, Tribal Chairman

Dexter McNamara, Tribal Secretary

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