Tag Archives: Native American Student Organization

Discussing how deep cuts to mental health care services will impact the poor of Washtenaw County, EMU’s decision to drop their controversial mascot, local ice cream, and the music of Craig Johnson… on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack

The Saturday Six Pack is back on the air this Saturday… Among other things, we’re going to be discussing access to mental health resources in Washtenaw County, where it’s rumored that as many as 90 mental health care workers could be losing their jobs over the next several days. While County administrator Verna McDaniel has […]

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Hurons no more. EMU does the right thing and agrees to give up their Native American mascot for a second… and hopefully final… time.

A few months ago, when I talked with representatives from Eastern Michigan University’s Native American Student Organization (NASO) on The Saturday Six Pack, it didn’t sound as though negotiations with the administration were going well. University leadership, from their perspective, had made up their mind to bring back the “Huron” mascot after over 20 years, […]

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Justice Department and ACLU discuss the return of EMU’s Huron mascot with President Martin to no avail

In early May, I interviewed Michelle Lietz and Chris Sutton of Eastern Michigan University’s Native American Student Organization (NASO) about the University’s decision, despite their objections, to reintroduce the “Huron” – EMU’s controversial Native American mascot – which had been retired in 1993 in favor of the less offensive, and more appropriate, eagle. At that […]

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The ugly return of EMU’s racist mascot, injuries on the set of A Prairie Home Companion, and naming the band Farewell Phoenix… on episode 15 of the Saturday Six Pack

This show came together kind of naturally. It all started a few weeks back, when I got an email from local musician J.T. Garfield. He’d wanted to let me know about an incident involving a friend of his, Nathan Phillips, a local Native American man. Phillips, according to Garfield, had just stopped by his house […]

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Getting to the bottom of the EMU “redface” incident, talking Detroit rock with photographer Doug Coombe, and the music of J.T. Garlfield… on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack

For some inexplicable reason, Brian Robb, the station manager at AM 1700, has been telling people that I plan to just lock the studio doors, unplug the phones, and play with my new puppy for the duration of this Saturday’s show, oblivious to my responsibilities as a host. He took to Facebook this morning warning […]

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