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Mascots not only an issue for Native Americans


Native Americans aren't the only ones concerned about offensive mascots, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The University of Mississippi's "Rebels" mascot has been opposed by African-Americans who say it honors slavery. The school has now decided to eliminate the "Col. Rebel" mascot from games although he still remains the school's official symbol. The school banned the Confederate flag at games in 1997.

Nicholls State University in Louisiana has a mascot named for Francis Tillou Nicholls, a Confederate figure. But starting this fall, Tillou will not appear at games. The school's nickname will remain "Colonels," however.

Get the Story:
Nickname controversy follows teams (The New Orleans Times-Picayune 7/14)

Relevant Links:
NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee - http://www1.ncaa.org/eprise/main/
membership/governance/assoc-wide/moic/index.html

National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media - http://www.aimovement.org/ncrsm

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