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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe calls policy 'unacceptable'


A spokesperson for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan said the NCAA's new policy on Indian mascots is "unacceptable."

The tribe supports Central Michigan Life's "Chippewas" nickname. The school eliminated its "Chippewas" mascot but kept the name out of concern for the tribe.

School officials said they will ask the NCAA for clarification on the policy towards "hostile and abusive" mascots. "It shows disrespect to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe," the director of broadcast media relations told Central Michigan Life.

Get the Story:
NCAA poses restrictions on American Indian nicknames, images (Central Michigan Life 8/11)

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

Relevant Links:
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe - http://www.sagchip.org
Central Michigan University - http://www.cmich.edu
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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