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In Whose Honor?

DVD

50 minutes
Source: New Day Films

This documentary profiles Charlene Teeters, a Native American activist who tries to educate the University of Illinois community about the negative impact of the “Chief Illini” mascot, which is an inaccurate, stereotypical portrayal of a Native American Chief. Charlene, a graduate student at the school, becomes involved in protesting the offensive mascot through picketing games, postering the campus, talking to trustees, and networking with other activists around the country. The film has a powerful message about political participation, as well as the dangers of racial stereotyping, particularly in regards to sports.

Related lesson:
Taking a Stand: Models of Civic Participation

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