By "academics" like me, I presume you mean Native activists like Suzan Shown Harjo, Vine Deloria Jr., Charlene Teters, and Vernon Bellecourt. Not to mention the long list of Native organizations that oppose Indian mascots. They're leading the charge, not me. I'm just chiming in to support their position.
No one's talking about removing every Indian reference in existence. We're talking about removing only the stereotypical Indian names and logos. Sheesh. Is that concept too complex for mascot lovers to grasp?
Why would I want to remove all Indian references when I promote Indians several hours a day, 365 days a year? Do you think I'll delete the 5,000-plus entries in Newspaper Rock after we finish eliminating Indian mascots? Don't be stupid.
I refuted a "removal" claim similar to yours in Mascots Teach Us Indians? I suggest you read it, since it applies to your equally ludicrous claim. Get a clue about what mascot foes actually want, since you don't seem to understand it.
The legal "threat"
Throughout this controversy, the only references to legal action have been these:
Wyandotte band allowed to be 'Chiefs' at inauguration
I don't think Gunderson has held a press conference or a "ceremony," and I certainly haven't done so either. In fact, I'm doing exactly what you recommend: working hard and representing Native people the best I can every day. Thanks for implicitly endorsing my approach, friend, though you may not realize you've done it.
"If enough people join me the meaning of the mascots will change"...from what to what, exactly? From what they currently signify: that all Indians are the same "noble savages" represented by a Plains chief?
If that's your goal, I must've misunderstood. Because that's my goal too. Let's change the meaning of the Marching Chiefs so a "chief" no longer represents anybody who wants to proclaim his toughness by associating himself with a savage Indian. So it represents only an actual Plains Indian chief and not every kind of phony "warrior."
In the end you'll leave something more substantial to Native history than I will? That remains to be seen, doesn't it? If your legacy is promoting Native stereotypes and mine is opposing them, I'll take my legacy over yours any day.
Below: "I'm a scowling Indian chief who's ready for war. I represent all of America's Indians, including the poets, priests, and peacemakers. If you don't agree, I'll scalp you with my tomahawk."