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Opinion
Editorial: Tribes have final say in mascot decisions


"American Indian tribes will have the final say about schools that want to use American Indian nicknames and mascots in postseason competition. The NCAA will begin banning Indian imagery and nicknames starting in February.

Tribes have a right to be upset if they are portrayed in an uncomplimentary light. But the nicknames adopted by most schools are intended to recognize attributes long attributed to American Indians, such as courage and perseverance. The nicknames are signs of respect and admiration."

Get the Story:
In our view: Banning Indian mascots (The Joplin Globe 8/25)

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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