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Seminole Nation won't oppose FSU 'Seminoles' mascot

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma does not oppose the "Seminoles" mascot of Florida State University, top tribal officials said.

The tribe's incoming principal chief and attorney general said statements in opposition to the mascot were not authorized. David Narcomey, a council member, has been speaking out against the "Seminoles."

The tribe's stance is likely to help the school in its challenge to the NCAA's new policy on mascots. NCAA officials indicated they would grant FSU's appeal.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has passed a resolution to support the mascot and name. The Seminole Nation rejected a resolution against the mascot.

Get the Story:
Oklahoma tribe backs Florida State (Florida Today 8/12)
Oklahoma Seminoles OK name (USA Today 8/12)
'Noles may have a case for name (The Tallahassee Democrat 8/12)
Official: Seminoles have 'good grounds' for appeal (The Miami Herald 8/12)
NCAA will rethink Seminole ban (The St. Petersburg Times 8/12)
Legislators speak out, support Seminoles' name (The South Florida Sun-Sentinel 8/12)
NCAA bans hostile mascots, nicknames (Indian Country Today 8/12)
Meyer: Nickname ruling 'awful' (Florida Today 8/12)

NCAA Announcement:
NCAA Executive Committee Issues Guidelines for Use of Native American Mascots at Championship Events (August 5, 2005)

Relevant Links:
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FSU Seminoles -
Seminole Tribe of Florida -
NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee -

National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media -

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