This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from April 19, 2012 with Shan Cretin, AFSC’s General Secretary. Shan sat down with Keith Harvey, Regional Director, of the Cambridge, MA office to discuss AFSC's Truth and Reconciliation work with the Wabanaki Youth program.
The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine. Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.
Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?
KEITH ‘BEAR’ HARVEY was a scholarship football player on the Miami University of Ohio football team when its team name was the “Redskins.” His acceptance of that nickname changed following a conversation with a Native American classmate. Harvey’s commentary below explains why he joined the effort to change the team’s nickname.