Since the 1960s, the use of Native American nations as school mascots has been
controversial. Miami University's Board of Trustees changed the official mascot from the
Redskins to the RedHawks in October 1996. The name change at our own institution
provides just one example of the importance of understanding the past as we
incorporate and symbolize it in the present. Fleming identifies some of the issues
related to Indian mascots in Myth 7.