Miami wants to end 'the Scalp Song' at games
University asks students to consider other alternatives but hasn't banned it
By Cliff Peale
The university, built on land originally occupied by the Miami Tribe, is asking students to consider other alternatives to the song, which normally is played by the band and accompanied with a "whoop" from students. It has not officially banned the song.
The reflection comes as Miami deals with several other reminders of its Native American connections.
One student wearing an American Indian headdress was asked to remove it and then asked to leave a home football game earlier this season.
And last week Miami sent a letter to students reminding them of that heritage after Web postings circulated around the Oxford campus inviting students to an "Indian Theme Party."
"We ask that Miami students challenge the Indian Theme Party and all similar ethnic and gender-based theme parties or actions that erode and threaten our capacity to be an inclusive community," wrote Ron Scott, associate vice president for institutional diversity, and Susan Mosley-Howard, dean of students.
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Below: Only Indians routinely get depicted as primitive people of the past.