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Opinion
Editorial: NCAA policy a step in the right direction


"The NCAA's executive committee went only part way in addressing objectionable Native American mascots, but at least it was a step in the right direction.

The group has banned Native American mascots by sports teams during post-season tournaments. They can't be on uniforms or on the sidelines. Where such images are part of a gym or field, they'll have to be covered. And in 2008, the images also will be banned from cheerleader and band uniforms.

But only for post-season events, and if the nicknames or mascots are considered "hostile or abusive." The committee decided it had no authority to ban the names and images during the regular season - only during post-season events. That's going to lead to some appeals and debate, but it's a start."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Mascot ban step in the right direction (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 8/11)

NCAA Announcement:
NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events (August 5, 2005)

Relevant Links:
NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee - http://www1.ncaa.org/eprise/main/
membership/governance/assoc-wide/moic/index.html

National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media - http://www.aimovement.org/ncrsm

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