Scholarships & Financial Aid Links for Native American and Alaska Native Students:
Affordable Colleges non-profit resource group (not affiliated with WVU or NAS)
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Enrichment Program Thanks to the generous donors who contribute to this important fund, Native American Studies students have been able to take part in numerous experiential travel courses, allowing them to visit the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Qualla Boundary) in North Carolina, take part in daily activities of subsistence life in the Yup’ik Village of Tuntutuliak, Alaska, attend an annual Midwestern powwow, visit Cahokia Mound City National Historic Site, and study traditional Native Hawaiian culture in Kaua`i.
In addition to this funding, the NAS Committee has regularly awarded assistance to graduate students and their NAS Committee advisors who were conducting research in the area of Native American Studies.
Udall Scholarship Program Learn more about the scholarships named in honor of Congressman Morris K. Udall, a champion of Native American and Alaska Native rights in health care, the environment, and public policy. Nomination materials are mailed to faculty representatives in October and are due by early March.
The McNair Scholars Program is named for Ronald McNair, an African-American astronaut-physicist who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. The program is aimed a encouraging talented students from under-represented groups to advance to graduate school. Native American students are highly encouraged to apply. The application deadline falls in January. Contact Dr. Betty Mei at (304) 293-4316 for information.
Lyn Reyer Awards for Tribal Community Development The Carolyn Reyer Awards for Tribal Community Development are awarded each spring to graduate students completing their dissertations or theses on topics related to Native American community development. Several individuals awards of up to $5,000 will be made.
The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is an organization with students chapters located throughout the country. Although there is currently not a AISES chapter at WVU, the possibility of adding one has been discussed and may be revisited in the future.
Do you have suggestions for other links to student resources? Please let us know by contacting us at: Native_American_Studies@mail.wvu.edu or at (304) 293-4626.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The WVU Native American Studies Program provides the above list of resources for informational purposes only, and not as a commercial or institutional endorsement for any non-WVU entity.
RESOURCES ON SPORTS MASCOTS &
OTHER CONTEMPORARY RACIAL JUSTICE TOPICS
Click here for information on the local mascot discussion & read the official statements on "Indian" sports mascots from the MOHEGAN TRIBE & STOCKBRIDGE MUNSEE MOHICAN TRIBE (or scroll to the bottom of this column)
Expert input on the psychological impact of "Indian" mascots from a respected Indigenous scholar:
2020 Native Mascots Fact Sheet, from Illumi Native*, Crystal Echohawk (Pawnee), Founder https://illuminatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2020-Native-Mascots-Fact-Sheet.pdf
“More Than A Word,” (A film focused on the history of the “R_dsk_ns” team and opposition to the mascot), free to view online through July 2020:
“The Time is Now: National Native Town Hall on Mascots, Native Rights, and Justice,” video archive from Facebook live stream (might take a minute or two to load), July 10, 2020, specifically, panelists focus on the mascot issue from 20:00 – 51:00, but the whole Town Hall is excellent): https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=288093682294105&ref=watch_permalink&fbclid=IwAR0ySf77yZsNDSH6livALAC-srraA2RPpe8lPRjHmAIHkeXrK-XSvO4xK6g
Topic-relevant Programs aired on “Native American Calling,” live call-in radio/internet program, carried on 70 public, community, and tribal radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, produced by Native-Operated Koahnic Broadcast Corp., Anchorage, AK:
“Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory,” One segment of a 13-video archived symposium from the National Museum of the American Indian, held in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, March 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLS9-tn_Tps
“Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports” National Museum of the American Indian, February 2013.
“My Culture is Not a Costume [“we must move beyond the headdress symbol”…“’squaw’ is a word meaning vagina”],” Jayden Lim (Pomo), Tribal Youth Ambassador, California Indian Museum & Cultural Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOHWpH792dg
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills (Lakota) commentary on mascot names: https://globalsportmatters.com/culture/2018/11/21/olympic-legend-billy-mills-says-no-justification-for-washingtons-nfl-nickname/?fbclid=IwAR1jThL61vi7um0e4EjM4XvaVMW0ofq5p7IrywodxfBFs8TeIUEN1vVu55Q
Additional SCHOLARLY RESEARCH Showing Support for Eliminating “Indian” Mascots:
"Of Warrior Chiefs and Indian Princesses: The Psychological Consequences of American Indian Mascots" by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg: http://www.indianmascots.com/fryberg--web-psychological_.pdf
"The Harmful Psychological Effects of the Washington Football Mascot" by Dr. Michael A. Friedman (incl. extensive bibliography) https://www.changethemascot.org/wp- content/uploads/2013/10/DrFriedmanReport.pdf
"Symbols of pride or prejudice? Examining the impact of Native American sports amscots on stereotype application," by Melissa Berkley, et al. and related articles
American Psychological Assoc. Statement: https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots
APA Resolution with Extensive Bibliography: https://www.apa.org/about/policy/mascots.pdf
United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) resolution: https://www.changethemascot.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/2014-015-Washington-mascot.pdf
Native Women Speak out on use of "Indian" Mascots as Connected to Issues of health, safety, equity, youth self-esteem & suicide: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/04/01/why-native-american-women-have-been-leaders-in-the-fight-against-team-mascots/
“In Whose Honor?” An older film from 1997, but quite powerful in its overall message, centering around the activist story of University of Illinois graduate student Charlene Teters (Spokane) and the efforts leading up to the successful removal of the fictitious “Chief Illiniwek” mascot character at the University of Illinois: https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/in-whose-honor-american-indian-mascots-in-sports/
*Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconceptions: https://rnt.firstnations.org/?gclid=CjwKCAjwr7X4BRA4EiwAUXjbt7qE_WovF6PKSVHo2QctsHCbEuoIJFQ9yU6jDQ8-knCsrkYepb-3mhoCWZsQAvD_BwE
Reclaiming Native Truth: Changing the Narrative About Native Americans, a guide for allies (see in particular, pg. 18, re: the results of information and education in attitude formation):
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Statement on Native American Images and Nicknames as Sports Symbols:
Native People Speak out About Native Mascots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRribtqdXGw
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI): http://www.ncai.org/ and...
NCAI video, “Proud to Be” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-tbOxlhvE
#Proud to Be (not your mascot): https://www.changethemascot.org/proud-to-be/
The Native American Rights Fund: https://www.narf.org/mascots-change-the-name/
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association: https://www.naisa.org/
National Indian Education Association: https://www.niea.org/search?q=mascots
from the NCAA's Champion Magazine, "Where Pride Meets Prejudice"
Native American Journalists Association https://najanewsroom.com/end-racist-mascots/
Extensive list of tribal resolutions and organizations' statements opposing "Indian" mascots: https://www.changethemascot.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Native-Nations-Unite-to-Speak-Out-Against-Racially-Offensive-Mascot-Name.pdf
American Indian College Fund Solidarity Statement by AICF President & CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota): https://collegefund.org/blog/presidents-blog/statement-on-race-from-the-american-indian-college-fund/
University of Michigan Martin Luther King symposium speaker, Charlene Teters (Spokane Tribe), on why "Indian" sports mascots should be eliminated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W53fnenKX4g
Global Sport Matters article with Dr. James Riding In (Pawnee), ASU Professor and editor editor of Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies
American Indian Movement (AIM) -- National Coalition on Racism in Sorts and Media: http://www.aimovement.org/ncrsm/
National Coalition Against Racism in Sports & Media: https://www.coalitionagainstracism.org/
“A Conversation with Native Americans on Race” YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siMal6QVblE
American Indian curriculum resources for teachers: https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/understandings.cshtml
National Indian Youth Council Lessons: "Stereotypes, Prejudice & Discrimination: Native American Mascot Controversies & Sociological Perspectives" https://study.com/academy/lesson/native-american-mascot-controversies-sociological-perspectives.html
Regarding the MORGANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT ISSUE: Statements from Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Band of Mohican Indians (in Wisconsin) and Mohegan Tribe (in Connecticut) opposing "Indian" sports mascots...
STATEMENT Reasserting our NAS Program's Commitment to Confront and Condemn Racism
We who serve on the Native American Studies Program Committee declare our solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) community members seeking justice. We are mindful of the fact that the officer charged with brutally murdering George Floyd on May 25, 2020 was involved in multiple incidents in which officers used lethal force, including one involving the shooting of a Native American man.  Our country is reckoning with racism, police brutality, and other societal factors that make BIPOC disproportionately vulnerable to violence, racial profiling, and discriminatory treatment.
Through education we seek to help eradicate racism—in its myriad forms—with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on justice for Native Americans, advocating for human and civil rights, safety and well-being. We are guided in our mission by the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." 
(statement adopted summer, 2020)  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-05-29/chauvin-shootings-complaints-minneapolis-floyd ; https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/29/officer-charged-george-floyds-death-used-fatal-force-before-had-history-complaints/ , et al
 From Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” penned April 16, 1963 while in solitary confinement after his arrest for defying an Alabama injunction prohibiting demonstrations in Birmingham. http://okra.stanford.edu/transcription/document_images/undecided/630416-019.pdf