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The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City football team defended their title in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 11, at Super Bowl LVIII. What’s indefensible is that the same Kansas City team, with the tacit approval of the NFL and NFL team owners, will once again be allowed to flaunt its name and logo that many Native Americans find, to say the least, offensive.

Five days before Super Bowl LVIII, on Tuesday, February 6, the award-winning documentary IMAGINING THE INDIAN will be available on Amazon, Apple TV, and DVD. Directed by Aviva Kempner and Cheyenne filmmaker Ben West, IMAGINING THE INDIAN is a comprehensive look at the movement to eradicate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find harmful, demeaning, and offensive. The film examines mascoting issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. It shows how teams such as the Kansas City football team refuse to consider a change and brings new attention and urgency to the issue.

Other WIFV members who worked on the film are Mike Moser (Director of Photography), Barbara Ballow (Editor), Lucia Fox-Shapiro (Assistant Editor), Cheryl Ottenritter (Sound Mixer and Designer), Carolyn Marie (Makeup/Hair).

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