The American Enterprise

Kill off the Indians?(NCAA bans the use of native American nicknames and mascots )

The NCAA announced in August that during postseason tournaments it will ban the use of 18 Native American nicknames and mascots it considers "hostile or abusive." Starting on February 1, 2006, college teams with Indian mascots will also not be allowed to host postseason events. This could signal the death knell for many rich school traditions.

Chief Illiniwek, figurehead of the University of Illinois' Fighting Illini, is perhaps our nation's most beleaguered mascot. Praised by supporters as a brave and positive symbol, the Chief is called a racist stereotype by critics. Jesse Jackson called for his demise in 1990. Activist groups have been organizing annual campus protests against Chief Illiniwek since 1989 (a 2004 sit-in lasted 33 hours). …

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