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NCAA Bans Names, Symbols and Mascots Using Native American Terms and Imagery
Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 08/29/2005 - 19:47.
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Earlier this month, the National Collegiate Athletic Association adopted a new policy to prohibit NCAA colleges and universities from displaying hostile and abusive racial/ethnic/national origin mascots, nicknames or imagery at any NCAA championship, beginning in 2008. So what is the leading name banned by the NCAA under the rule, calling for cultural sensitivity and respect? Simply, "The Indians."
The legal reasoning is that while officers and trustees for independent education institutions can choose whatever nickname they want for themselves, the NCAA can exercise its own discretion to choose not to provide visibility to that institution at an NCAA event. The NCAA also urged schools to follow best practices, citing the Universities of Iowa and Wisconsin, who do not schedule athletic competitions with schools who use Native American nicknames, images or mascots.
Education institutions like Catawba College, Indiana
For more information, see the NCAA website
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