CMU cites tribe's support in appeal for 'Chippewas'

Central Michigan University filed an appeal over the school's inclusion in the NCAA's Indian mascot policy.

CMU cited the support of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, which has passed resolutions in favor of the "Chippewas" nickname. The school dropped its Indian mascot in 1989.

The NCAA policy bans the use of Indian imagery in post-season tournaments and bars schools that use Indian imagery from hosting playoffs in the future. The Florida State University "Seminoles" have already been exempted due to the support of the Seminole Tribe.

Get the Story:
C. Michigan asks NCAA to let it keep 'Chippewas' (Bloomberg News 8/31)
CMU files appeal with NCAA (The Detroit News 8/31)

NCAA Announcement:
NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events (August 5, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe -
Central Michigan University -
NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee -

National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media -

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