April 05, 2011

Great Plains tribes oppose mascots

Plains tribes still oppose nicknames, logos

By Chuck HagaLeaders of 11 northern Great Plains Indian tribes have voted to reaffirm their support of the NCAA’s policy calling for elimination of American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots at member colleges and universities.

Acting after the North Dakota Legislature adopted a law requiring UND to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian head logo — but before the announcement last week that state and university officials would confer with NCAA leaders on April 22 in Bismarck — the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association voted 11-0 to declare its continuing opposition to the use of Indian names and imagery in collegiate athletics.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Rename the Dodgers "Yang-nas"? and Turbaned Indian Offensive, Chief Wahoo Okay.

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