Ute and Aboot: University of Utah Sticking with Utes

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The University of North Dakota’s basketball team went out onto the court for the first time in eternity without its old nickname, the Fighting Sioux, attached to them. No Native American mascot roamed the sideline, either. This came after a massive, years-long battle against the NCAA, which gave the word back in 2005 that colleges and universities needed to ditch their Native American sports monikers because they had been deemed offensive.

The University of Utah Utes, named for an American Indian tribe, have been sensitive to the issue for some time. Back in 1996, the school got rid of its Hoyo mascot and introduced Skyhawk. The Utes name, though, has stuck with the program and will for some time. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the school isn’t going to change its name and will stick with its “drum and feather” logo, though it isn’t clear for how much longer those symbols will stick around.[more]

As it is, the logo is not allowed to be put on any university constructions that are scheduled to exist for more than one year since it may need to change, the paper reports.The potential logo change had been under discussion by the school’s administration, student groups, and reps from a few Native American groups, the paper reports.

As it is now, the Ute Tribal Council has given the school permission to use the name and logo. All this, interestingly, while the Washington Redskins’ logo is still subject to a court battle, which continues next month.

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