I’ve been blessed to win journalism awards during my professional career, but none was more important than a 2006 Native American Journalists Association award for a column I wrote about Indian mascots and sports.
The award meant a lot to me, but I was more excited about the conversations that the column stirred up in our Tulsa, Oklahoma, community. The column listed reasons why people oppose mascot names, as well as support them, and reader reaction encompassed both points of view. The debate was meaningful in my personal life, too, because the mascot of my kids’ high school was – and remains – the Redskins.
|Follow our “CQS 25th Anniversary” Series|