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'Get Off the Stage, Squaw!' 14-Year-Old Native American Is No Stranger to Racism

“Get off the stage, squaw!”

Bella Cornell, a 14-year old girl from the Choctaw Nation, heard these words as she finished her testimony against the name and mascot of the McLoud High School Redskins during a school board meeting last month.

In the packed audience, her mother was distraught watching her daughter. “It was horrible to see,” said Sarah Adams-Cornell. “It takes so much for one of our kids speak up. I wanted to take her out of there and protect her. She’s my child.”



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