Students donned headdresses and warpaint at games
Indian students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln say the school was slow to address two incidents in which football fans wore "headdresses" and donned "warpaint" at tames last November.

Members of the University of Nebraska Inter-Tribal Exchange (UNITE) met several times with administrators and student leaders to discuss the issue. But nothing happened for over three months until a vice chancellor and the student council responded this week.

“I was proud to come to UNL, the flagship institution, where I was repeatedly told as a freshman that this is a place that fosters multicultural sensitivity," Lucas LaRose, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who grew up on the Winnebago Reservation, told The Omaha World Herald. "And in my senior year, I see this happening on TV, and everyone else can see it. It’s disheartening, and it’s disappointing."

In the student newspaper today, the vice chancellor said the school will hold events to promote awareness of Indian issues. On Wednesday, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska passed a resolution calling for cultural sensitivity.

The students who dressed headdresses" and "warpaint" at the games offered public apologies and said they didn't mean to offend American Indians.

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ASUN passes bill calling for cultural sensitivity (The Daily Nebraskan 2/25)
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