Opinion
Column: Mascots can honor indigenous people


"How about naming a team something like the Fighting Whities or how about the Noble Crackers? No one would propose such a name because enough people realize such a moniker is offensive to many white people.

Native people didnít get that kind of input when some of these team names were decided upon.

Still, it is not wise to adamantly argue that no non-native school or college should ever be called any name using an indigenous reference.

Thatís throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

A more enlightened respect for indigenous people ó and awareness for both their current struggles and successes ó can only occur by including them and yes, by honoring them in appropriate ways. And that may include references by sports teams."

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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:
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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