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Column: Indians are heroes, so why not mascots?


"When playing cowboys and Indians as a kid, I always wanted to be the Indian. Little did I know.

Back then, I thought pretending to be an Indian was neat, even better than watching Saturday morning cartoons.

According to my childhood mythos, Indians were swift runners, wise planters, crafty hunters and brave warriors. My slippers became moccasins; I would walk, silently, sneaking up on people. My jittery parents endured."

Get the Story:
Paul Jacob: Playing politics and Indians (Town Hall 8/21)

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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