White woman stirred protests?
Unfortunately, when engaging in talks with the media and some of these locals, the subject of "donations" constantly came up. This seemed to have more of an extortionist feel rather than concerns over who was offended.
You say "a few" local Natives now oppose the Mayokis. How many? And how many local Natives still support the Mayokis? From your comments, it sounds like their support has evaporated.
Local Natives also support the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians. Does that mean these team names and mascots aren't stereotypical? No, it means some Natives don't care about stereotypes despite their documented harm. If they want to ignore the problem, that's their prerogative, but I'll stick with the many Natives who do oppose harmful stereotypes.
Natives stay away from "Mayokis"
But really...are you seriously offering the asinine "everyone conquered everyone else" defense? On what moral planet do two wrongs make a right? And what does conquest have to do with stereotyping? Whether some Indians conquered others is irrelevant to the issue I'm tackling here.
Stereotyping is the issue
Stop dodging this issue and start addressing it. Yes or no: Are the Mayokis stereotyping Indians? Answer that and then we'll see if you have a leg to stand on.
Would the Mayokis dress up as half-naked Zulu warriors with grass skirts and bones in their noses? If not, then why are they dressing up as old-fashioned Plains Indians? Portraying Indians using outdated stereotypes is wrong and arguably racist.
Do you feel hate and resentment when you tell your children to stop doing something wrong? Well, neither do I. Correcting your mistakes is no more emotional to me than correcting the typos in your comments. It's like brushing lint off my collar, except it takes more time.
Anyway, no need to thank me for helping you with your sloppy writing and thinking. It's all part of the service this blog provides.
For more on Mardi Gras "Indians," see Mardi Gras Indian Stereotypes and Phony Indians "Honor" Real Indians. For more on the subject in general, see Tricking or Treating Indians and Indian Wannabes.
Below: Phony Indians "whoop" it up.