Ohio ends Indian logo on merchandise
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Miami University in Ohio will no longer allow its
Indian-head logo to be used on merchandise sold on or
In 1996, the University voted to stop using "Redskins" as its athletic nickname
out of respect for
the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. In 1997, MU adopted the
current Red Hawks nickname. However, they still allowed limited
use of their Indian Head logo as a “heritage mark” related to the school’s
Respect for the tribe and
setting new traditions is why Miami has decided to
completely drop the old logo.
“It’s time to move on,” said Paul Allen, Miami’s
director of business services.
MU's Alumni Association has received a
handful of e-mails from disappointed alumni.
“I understand why they’re doing it, but it’s part of the
heritage of Miami," said Ray Mock from the Alumni
students have also questioned the decision. "...By doing away with it, they’re
losing history,” said Miami sophomore Taylor Lewis.
Miami was named for the Miami Indians who once lived in
today's southwest Ohio.
The university said the tribe asked the school to
drop the 66-year-old
name because some people perceive it as a
MU's name change preceded the 2005-2006 NCAA listing of 19 schools with American Indian mascots
and images it considered “hostile and abusive.”
The NCAA banned those schools from postseason play pending name changes.
North Dakota was the nation’s last college to challenge
the NCAA. The school and NCAA reached an agreement last year to drop the Fighting Sioux
nickname and logo.
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