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SBD/October 24, 2013/Colleges
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Published October 24, 2013
A SIGN OF HERITAGE: In N.Y., Mike Tierney reports while several Native American tribes have "pressed institutions to amend certain traditions or abandon nicknames and logos," FSU "enjoys the imprimatur of its sports teams’ namesake." Seminole Tribe of Florida Chair Chief James Billie said, "We Seminoles embrace that mascot. They honor us." Tierney notes FSU's pregame ritual "featuring the characters Renegade (horse) and Osceola (human) was introduced in 1978, recalling a phase of history both meaningful and painful to Indians." Evidence of the tribe’s support "extends to the splashes of garnet and gold, Florida State’s colors, on the tribe’s gymnasium and elsewhere at its reservation in South Florida." Osceola’s "garb and makeup were altered with the tribe’s input." Although FSU's pregame custom has "met with criticism that it can conjure a stereotype of Indians in battle, the Seminole hierarchy approves of it." The "few universities offering football that have maintained tribal likenesses have generally received the tribes’ authorization." However, unlike FSU, the Utah Utes and Central Michigan Chippewas "no longer roll out a mascot evocative of Indians" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/24).