"A Minute with .. " Frederick E. Hoxie, recipient of the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award

Frederick E. Hoxie

Early in September the Oneida Indian Nation began its "Change the Mascot" radio ad campaign, urging the NFL team in the nation's capital to drop the name "Redskins." Commentators, broadcasters, fans and politicians have since weighed in. The team owner has so far refused to consider a change. Frederick Hoxie is a Swanlund professor of history, law and American Indian studies at the University of Illinois. He wrote about two centuries of native activism in his 2012 book "This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made." Last year he also received the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award and on Oct. 12 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain about names, symbols and unheralded Indian achievements.

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