contributed by Stan Bindell

Stan Bindell is a journalist from Wayne, New Jersey. He moved to Arizona, where he taught a journalism class at Hopi High School. Bindell and several of his former students spoke about their experiences as Native American students.

Navajo-Hopi Indians share their experiences and opinions

The Board of Education approved the decision to remove the Pascack Valley Indian mascot and nickname in June. Stan Bindell is a New Jersey native and a retired journalism teacher for Hopi High School of the Navajo-Hopi Reservation in Arizona. He heard about our situation through the national journalism community and reached out to our advisor Bill Rawson. With the help of Bindell, we connected with several of his former Native American students to gain insight on their thoughts about Native American imagery, including our former Indian mascot, as well as their experiences on the reservation.

Stan Bindell
Hopi High School alum Lacey Tewanema
Hopi High School alum Amberlynn Labahe
Hopi High School alum Ellyse Fredericks
Hopi High School alum Lorene Nequatewa

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