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Hausheer  Kristin Hausheer English 302 Dr. Lynch 2/15/10 English 302 Midterm: Part I Conjecture/ Facts In August 2005, the NCAA placed a ban on the use of Native American mascots by  sports teams. The Florida State Seminoles were included among a large list of schools deemed  offensive. Florida State University chose the title of “Seminole” in 1947. In the years leading up  to the present, their mascot developed into its current one, Chief Osceola. “Only one Chief  Osceola impersonator serves the role at any given time, and to date, there have been ten such  riders. In order to earn the honor, which is accompanied by a $1,200 annual scholarship, students  must have a 3.0 grade-point average, display a high moral character, and serve a two-year  apprenticeship” (King 139). Unlike most of the offending schools, Florida State University has a  unique relationship with the Seminole Tribe, their namesake. “The [Seminole] tribe officially  sanctions FSU's use of Seminoles as a nickname and Chief Osceola as a mascot. Max Osceola,  the chief and general council president of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, said [...] that it was an  "honor" to be associated with FSU” (Wieberg). The president of Florida State University, T.K.  Wetherell, threatened to take legal action against the NCAA as he found this censure of FSU’s  relationship with the Seminole tribe “outrageous and insulting” (ESPN.com). Former President  Dale W. Lick defended FSU’s use of Seminole iconography, maintaining their relationship with  the tribe over the years maintains the “dignity and propriety” of the symbols employed.  However, Lick failed to “indicate the length or nature of this relationship” (King 146). In fact, “it  has never been spelled out in detail by either party” (King 146). It is important to note that not all  Seminoles endorse FSU’s use of their tribe as a mascot. “None of the four Seminole tribes of  Oklahoma nor any well-known Seminole members have endorsed the FSU situation” (King  146). Florida State’s fierce defense of its mascot, as well as the noted relationship with its  namesake convinced the NCAA to allow its use. "I am deeply appalled, incredulously  disappointed ... I am nauseated that the NCAA is allowing this 'minstrel show' to carry on this  form of racism in the 21st century” declared David Narcomey, general council member of the  Oklahoma Seminole Tribe (Wieberg).
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