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August 24, 2005

Florida State allowed to keep the nickname "Seminoles"

From the Associated Press...

The NCAA will allow Florida State to use its Seminoles nickname in postseason play, removing the school from a list of colleges with American Indian nicknames that were restricted by an NCAA decision earlier this month.

The NCAA said it was recognizing the relationship Florida State has long enjoyed with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which assists the university with its pageantry and celebration of its culture and supports the school's use of its name.

"The staff review committee noted the unique relationship between the university and the Seminole Tribe of Florida as a significant factor," NCAA senior vice president Bernard Franklin said in a statement released Tuesday. "The decision of a namesake sovereign tribe, regarding when and how its name and imagery can be used, must be respected even when others may not agree."

Florida State president T.K. Wetherell had threatened to sue the NCAA immediately after its Aug. 5 announcement that the school's highly visible nickname, "Seminoles," was defined as "hostile and abusive" by a committee.

Where I went to high school a very sizable chunk of the student body were Native Americans, many of whom played various sports. We were (and still are) the Indians. None of the students complained. In fact, one year, I drew the large tee-pee cartoon that the football team ran through, and using my familiarity with comic books would draw a large, strong Indian, complete with loin cloth and feather, in various poses depicting him crushing the mascot of the other team. Everyone loved the artwork. We saw the nickname as a compliment. You call your team by a name that evokes strength, power, courage. It's not a slur, it's a way of saying, “Indians are strong and brave and so are we!”

Perhaps if the name were changed to “The whiny, thin-skinned, special-interest groups”

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 24, 2005 08:40 AM

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