gave opportunity for institutions to keep their hostile mascots and be removed from the postseason ban list if member institutions could provide support for their continued use of American Indian mascots
if a local tribe approves of or is supportive of the use by the university
Granted appeals to Florida State University and the University of Utah-Seminoles and Utes to keep their mascots, traditions, and mockery
Resisted changing its nickname since its appearance on the NCAA hostile and abusive list
The local Sioux tribe-offended by UND mascot
Lacking the support of the local tribe-the NCAA rejected North Dakota's appeal
Sued NCAA in federal court:
NCAA and the University of North Dakota settled the lawsuit-the "Fighting Sioux" has three years to phase out the hostile nickname and mascot or convince the local Sioux tribes to grant their support to the university
A debatable subject matter that is still prevalent in sports is the issue of the use of Native American mascots. There are many high school, college, and professional teams that use Native American logos, nicknames, and mascots to identify themselves. Dances, attire, and chants are also mimicked during sporting events with these teams. Some see this as honoring Native Americans while others see it as degrading and offensive. The NCAA issued a strict policy in 2005 that barred institutions from using Native American mascots as they would be banned from postseason play. They later loosened up on the policy and provided stipulations such as support and approval from local tribes. The Washington Redskins were brought to court over the use of their nickname. It was found that there was no evidence that showed that they were using the term “redskin” in a degrading fashion. In addition, the University of North Dakota refuses to change their Native American nickname of the Fighting Sioux. They remain banned from postseason play as the local Sioux tribe is offended by the use of their name. Professional sports teams generate millions with their name identification and recognition so they do not have any interest in changing their Native American names, mascots, or logos. This topic is one that is still highly debated and gathers diverse perspectives.
Follow up questions to consider after viewing the presentation:
1. What is your view on the NCAA Native American mascot policy?
2. What is your position on the use of Native American mascots, names, and logos in sports?