Oh, look—white kids dressed up in mock Indian garb:
Not having had the pleasure of graduating from Watertown, Home of the Arrows, I can't speak to the rich local tradition behind the branding of homecoming week as a celebration of Dakota culture. I invite locals and proud alumni to fill us in.
Homecoming activities evidently do not include having all students dress up as Indians. But to pile irony upon irony, student organizers kicked off the in-school celebrations by designating Monday as 'Merica Day (yes, with the apostrophe), on which students were to wear patriotic garb. Those who chose not to wear red, white, and blue could opt for nerd outfits.
- For teachers, with hefty bibliography: Wild Rivers Teaching American History Project, three-day lesson plan, "Indian Mascots, Symbols, and Names in Sports: A Brief History of the Controversy."
- On co-opting Indian clothing at a gaming conference: Melissa Bennett, "Dear Indian Country," Pen, Paper, Prayer, 2014.03.20.
- On fashion designers co-opting culture: "Fake Native American Clothing Ranges Show the Darker Side of Fashion," The Guardian, 2013.08.22.
- On Victoria's Secret and headdresses: Tara McInnis, "Appreciation or Appropriation?" The Genteel, 2013.09.09.