APA Calls Native American Mascots Harmful
> 10/19/2005 10:31:59 AM

In August the NCAA decreedthat colleges and universities could adopt any mascot they chose. However, teams would be forbidden from "displaying hostile and abusiveracial/ethnic/national origin mascots, nicknames or imagery" at anyNCAA championship contests. 
Teams, most notably the Florida State University Seminoles, objected, and the NCAA granted a pass to several schools. 
Today the American Psychological Association announced a resolution,approved by the Associationís Council of Representatives, which callsthe use of these Native American mascots "stereotypical, misleadingand, too often, insulting."  This is of particular concern, saysAPA President, Ronald F. Levant, because these are places of learningthat hold a place of authority, which affords them a more influentialvoice and makes their choice of mascot even more damaging to NativeAmerican students as well as the greater population.

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