Unanimously Support the Braves Nickname
UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees, including its six Native American members,
gave their unanimous support to the university’s Braves nickname.
Following a news
report that a national Native American organization was critical of
UNCP’s use of an Indian nickname, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors sought
advice from his board.
“Does this community
want the Brave to remain part of the university,” Chancellor Meadors
asked? “It is my feeling that the community feels very strongly about
keeping the Brave, alumni too.”
Dr. Meadors was
right, according to board members.
“By doing away with
the Brave, we would be doing away with tradition,” Trustee Roger Oxendine
“I have never felt
belittled by our nickname,” said Trustee Sybil Collins. “I feel very
good about it.”
A member of the
Sendat tribe in Michigan lists UNCP on its website of schools that use
Native American mascots for their athletic teams. The Fayetteville Observer
ran a front page news story on the issue on May 9.
Trustee Dr. Cheryl
Locklear suggested taking the nickname issue one step further.
“I would like to
see a bronze statue of the Brave in front of this building (Lumbee Hall
administration building),” she said.
UNCP was founded
in 1887 as a normal school to train Native American teachers. Its enrollment
remains approximately 23 percent Native American. The Braves was used
as both mascot and nickname from the 1940s until 1992 when a red-tailed
hawk became the mascot and the Braves became the nickname.
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