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A Time for Letting Go: Tainted Traditions from a Bygone Era

Three examples of Native American sports mascots that many indigenous people find offensive. These examples, from left to right, include the NFL's Washington Redskins, Lamar (Colorado) High School Savages and MLB's Cleveland Indians (Chief Wahoo).

Letting go of the past can be a hard thing to do. At a certain age, we take comfort in remembering the way things used to be. But nostalgia can be complicated. What if something you held dear for many years, caused pain to someone else? Would you keep hanging on? Or would you let go? Commentator Rex Buchanan tells us about one such dilemma that remains unresolved. 

Commentator Rex Buchanan is the co-author of Roadside Kansas. He lives in Lawrence.

The following video is a public-service announcement released around the time of the 2014 Super Bowl by the National Congress of American Indians. 

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