Hannah Kubbins '17: How politics affect Native Americans
The Cleveland Plain Dealer published an OpEd by English major Hannah Kubbins ‘17, in which Kubbins looked at the history and current status of Native Americans in the state of Ohio.
Kubbins placed her observation in the context of the Republican National Convention, which took place in Cleveland in July of 2016.
In her OpEd, Kubbins notes:
“There are no federally recognized tribes or reservation lands in Ohio.
“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fewer than one percent of Ohio’s population identifies as Native American or American Indian.
“Though the Cleveland Indians have officially retired their giant Chief Wahoo stadium sign, fans of the baseball team can still find the Chief Wahoo logo on almost any piece of merchandise.
“Of course, there are plenty of “Indian” mascots to choose from in Ohio. South of Cleveland in Utica, Ohio, young people are taught casual racism as they root for the home team — the Redskins.
“In Newark, Ohio, Moundbuilders Country Club entertains middle-aged WASPS with daily games of golf on top of an earthen structure called the Octagon mound which was constructed by indigenous peoples more than 2,000 years ago. The club hosts “Pow Wows” for members that are less a celebration of indigenous culture, language, and food, than a social event for members of the club to network and bask in their wealth.”