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A member of the Native American Student Organization at Eastern Michigan University at the time of the struggle to change the EMU mascot and logo, Deisha [Olszewski] Myles attended nearly every meeting related to the change of what many considered to be an insensitive depiction of Native American culture. Myles speaks of her experience as a student on the Logo Selection Committee, witnessing the tense interactions between university administrators and describing the divisions amongst indigenous participants, divisions that often adhered closely to differing generational values.

Interview Date

Winter 3-8-2022


Eastern Michigan University, History Department, EMU Logo, Chippewas of rama First Nation, Detroit, Garden City, Boarding school, EMU, Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Huron Indian, Elliott-Larsen Act, Washington Redskins, native American Students Organization, Ypsilanti, Michigan, cultural signifier, Treaty of Detroit, Native American, indigenous, Huron Restoration Incoporated, Chief Bearskin, Anishnaabe, Chippewas, student government, ethnic intimidation, NASO

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Deisha Myles, Oral History Interview, 2021