American Indians Complain of Racism in Annual Florida Pageant

March 13, 2001

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On March 13, 2001, The Tampa Tribune reported that "members of the American Indian Movement plan to stage protests at [March's] Chasco Fiesta pageant and parade [in Pasco County, Florida], saying the annual celebration is racist and promotes stereotypes...References to American Indians as 'heathens' and 'savages' were deleted from the pageant [a few years ago]. But no more changes are anticipated to deal with AIM's complaints...Last year AIM filed civil-rights complaints with the state Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice."