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The Seminole Tribe of Florida
The Florida Seminoles are a Native American Tribe that is currently
comprised of 2,000 American Indians living on six various reservations
throughout the state of Florida. You can visit any of the six Seminole
reservations in Florida at any of the following cities: Hollywood, Big
Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee, Ft. Pierce and Tampa.
Florida State University
Florida State University is one of the oldest and most respected colleges
in the State of Florida. It was established in 1851 as an institution
of higher learning for male students only. However, the university soon
became coeducational, which allowed both men and women to attend. Then,
in 1905 reformation of the state of Florida’s education system
resulted in the establishment of The University of Florida in Gainesville.
UF then became strictly a men’s college and Florida State was
converted into a women’s school called the Florida Female College
for Women. With this new transformation, Florida State became fully
accredited in 1915 and grew to be the third largest women’s school
in the U.S. during the 1930s.
Athletics and the Florida State Seminoles
It was the student body itself that decided that Florida State University would be called the FSU Seminoles. Faculty and students wished to capture the spirit of the “unconquered people” at Florida State University. Today the name Seminoles is well known and revered throughout the nation in the arena of collegiate sports. Some of the top athletes in the U.S. are proud to call themselves alumni of Florida State University. In addition to producing great college competitors, Florida State sporting events are also characterized by their devoted fans, garnet and gold colors, and loud Seminole war chants. One of the biggest and most successful assets to the Seminole’s athletics department is its Football team. The Florida State University football team has won several national championships and has consistently remained in the top rankings of college football teams across the nation. Tomahawk chops and the loud rhythmic beat of drums, along with chief Osceola and his horse renegade, all represent the spirit of the FSU Seminoles. Being named after the “unconquered people” and having such a loved mascot helps to fuel Seminole pride at Florida State University.
NCCAA Rulings on Native American Nicknames In College Sports
Recent controversy has been stirred up over the use of Native American nicknames in College Sports. Various organizations and individuals who support Native Americans have contested that the use of American Indian names and mascots at the university level is both disrespectful and wrong. As a result of this dispute, the NCAA was forced to make a ruling on whether or not colleges may or may not continue the use Native American names, mascots and logos at their universities. The recent ruling has concluded that colleges are urged to change their names, but they do not have. However, the NCAA has ruled that no schools having Native American names and symbols may host championship events. This is a great blow to the Florida State Seminole football team who is almost always in contention for the NCAA Championship. Despite this ruling, the Florida State Seminoles refuses to change its name and FSU’s President threatens that he will sue the NCAA for their decision. When asked, the Seminole Tribe of Florida says that it supports FSU’s nickname. In fact, Max Osceola, a Tribal Councilman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida states that “it is an honor and a reflection of the university to represent the spirit of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.”
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