August 08, 2005
I'm So Glad that Marquette is Not on This List
Posted by Christine Hurt

Just as Marquette has voted once and for all to be the Marquette Golden Eagles instead of the Marquette Warriors, the NCAA has thrown down the gauntlet to colleges with nicknames deemed to be "abusive or hostile" to Native Americans.  These colleges, unless they change their nicknames, will not be allowed to host an NCAA post-season tournament or participate in one in uniforms that are "abusive or hostile." 

Tournament regular FSU plans on protesting the new policy and pursuing "all legal avenues."  The Chronicle of Higher Ed. (sub. only) lists these colleges as ones the NCAA has targeted: 

  • Alcorn State University (Braves)
  • Arkansas State University, main campus (Indians)
  • Bradley University (Braves)
  • Carthage College (Redmen)
  • Catawba College (Indians)
  • Central Michigan University (Chippewas)
  • Chowan College (Braves)
  • Florida State University (Seminoles)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indians)
  • McMurry University (Indians)
  • Midwestern State University (Indians)
  • Mississippi College (Choctaws)
  • Newberry College (Indians)
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Savages)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illini)
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe (Indians)
  • University of North Dakota (Fighting Sioux)
  • University of Utah (Utes)

Looking at the list, I would definitely say "the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savages" seems like a bad idea.  Not as bad as the "Carthage Redmen," but pretty bad.

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