Florida State University fans who don feathered headgear in support of their school mascot no longer have the backing of the student government. Last month, the university’s student senate voted on a resolution banning the gear — not native to Seminoles — from school events.
“The 68th Student Senate does not condone the wearing of headdresses because it inaccurately depicts the culture of the Seminole Tribe and we request that the wearing of headdresses no longer be permitted in any arena or FSU sanctioned event,” the senate voted 27 to four, with five members abstaining.
Despite controversy over the use of Native American images in sports — the Washington “Redskins” have had their trademark rejected by the U.S. Patent office which considers it disparaging — FSU has argued Chief Osceola and his horse Renegade are symbols, not mascots, supported by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
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