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 Volume 4  February 2011

University in Ohio ends Indian logo on merchandise
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Ohio: Miami University in Ohio will no longer allow its Indian-head logo to be used on merchandise sold on or off campus.

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 history.

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 Association.

Some 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 racial slur.

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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