yh Posted December 10, 2003 Share Posted December 10, 2003 Southeast Missouri State University, a D1-AA football school and D1 basketball school in Cape Girardeau, is presently considering whether to drop the name Indians for its mens athletic teams and Otahkians (name of a Native American Princess) for its women's teams. The school has not used a "human" mascot in its logo nor has it dressed an official human mascot for sporting events for several years (however some unofficial student groups have worn war paint, etc. in recent years). While the school administrators state that local Native American groups have been consulted and approve of the manner in which the school uses the names, they have decided to consider a change for reasons I hadn't yet heard in the many debates posed on the issue of Native Americans as team names.Apparently the national alumni association and the present student government organization are citing two reasons for considering the change. Their first stated concern is that having a Native American name invites derogatory and disrespectful taunts from the fans of opposing teams, so even though the school itself is attempting to respect Native Americans, they are at the same time inviting others to ridicule them. Interesting angle.The second stated reason for making a change is that the University's agreement not to depict a human mascot impairs the school's visibility as it attempts to build a higher-caliber athletic department. They feel that a mascot that could be used in promotional materials and on tv broadcasts will help market the athletic department and the school in general. Now, whether these articulated grounds for change are really just backdoor routes to dump a controversial nickname is subject to debate, but I thought that they were certainly interesting angles that I hadn't heard before. I know the Native American mascot issue has been beaten to innumerable deaths on this board and its predecessors in the past, however I felt that these particular angles were novel and might be interesting to share. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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