There is a growing sensitivity among colleges and universities to the needs of American Indians, says Karen Biestman, associate dean and director of Stanford University's Native American Cultural Center. Institutions are quick to implement training and other programs to reduce barriers for indigenous peoples, and are willing to change team names that offend Native Americans, she notes. "A chant or the use of someone's name doesn't honor that person or that group of people. It's not an honor; it's commodifying," Biestman concludes.
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