On August 5, the NCAA voted to ban college ball teams from using American Indian mascots that they would decide are "hostile or abusive" images, which would include at least 18 universities. Florida State's Seminole and Illinois' Illini were among those definitely deemed offensive and in need of ethnic cleansing. Note that this ban theoretically specifically covers only postseason tournaments, as the NCAA unfortunately does not have authority yet to completely dictate the running of colleges across the nation.
Alas, they have now backed off of Florida State University and their Seminoles, on the grounds that two Seminole tribal groups have formally endorsed the mascot.
Giving in to these Seminole groups is wrong, because for one thing, we are all just alike. There are no characteristic behavioral differences between American Indians, Negroes, Asians or Caucasians based on nature or nurture. Men and women are just alike. Homosexuals and heterosexuals act exactly the same. Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists think and act just the same. We are all individuals independently thinking exactly the same. If you can't grasp this truth, then you need some re-education.
I'm with Gypsyman- it's time to do away with this archetype of the noble Indian warrior. We in the United States have worked for centuries to turn the native Americans into gelded girlymen like this Sherman Alexie that he cites, or the rest of the way to being wholly dependent infants in their reservation play pens nursing bottles of the hooch.
Thus we should certainly ignore the illegitimate protests of such folks as the dreaded self-described Comanche "savage" Bad Eagle David Yeagley, who says "Mascots provide an opportunity to re-educate America, as well as Indians, on the virtues of being a man." Indeed, he takes his ingratitude further in denouncing the efforts of decent right-thinking progressives:
A mascot is a thing, not a real person. Therefore, the Indian is insulted by any image not expressing his full humanity.