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Panel to decide fate of SOSU 'Savages' mascot



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A panel at Southeastern Oklahoma State University will decide the fate of the school's "Savages" mascot.

The school has distanced itself from the name in recent years, eliminating direct references to Indian culture. But fans still perform a "chant" and "tomahawk chop" at games, according to a recent article [Link] in RezNet News.

C.W. Mangrum is heading the SOSU task force on the mascot. He says he hasn't heard objections from the local Choctaw Nation of the nearby Chickasaw Nation.

Get the Story:
SOSU debates nickname (The Memphis Commercial-Appeal 8/17)
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NCAA Announcement:
NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events (August 5, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Southeastern Oklahoma State University - http://www.sosu.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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