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Military commands eliminate use of Indian terms


The U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command have eliminated the use of Indian terms as part of their military exercises, Indian Country Today reports.

Words like "warrior," "brave" and "Indian" have been dropped and replaced with non-ethnic terms. The words had been in use since the 1970s.

The decision came in a military memo around the same time the NCAA announced its mascot policy but a spokesperson said the timing was a coincidence.

Get the Story:
NORAD drops terms (Indian Country Today 8/19)

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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