NCAA Outlaws Indian Mascots
The NCAA banned the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during its postseason tournaments, but will not prohibit them otherwise.
Nicknames or mascots deemed “hostile or abusive” would not be allowed on team uniforms or other clothing beginning with any NCAA tournament after Feb. 1, said Harrison, the University of Hartford’s president.
At least 18 schools have mascots the NCAA deem “hostile or abusive,” including Florida State’s Seminole and Illinois’ Illini. The full list of schools was not immediately released.
Florida State, for example, has received permission from the Seminole tribe in Florida to use the nickname. That, however, will not suffice.
Allow me to be a bit hostile to the NCAA.
What kind of crazy parallel universe do these people think they live in where they actually believe sports teams named in honor of American Indian tribes constitutes discrimination and / or hostility?
My goodness, people, we name sports teams after Indian (sorry, "Native Americans") not because we hate them, but because we respect Native American values, culture, courage, and art. Why would we name our teams (and by extension, ourselves) after something we hated? I've never heard of the "Valley High Ax Murderers!" There's a reason why we have an American hero named William Tecumseh Sherman, but none named John Stalin Smith.
Despite what you may see in John Wayne movies, Americans love and respect Indians. Trying to discredit that respect as a form a racism does a disservice to us all.
Update: Yeah, what this guy said!