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What if we weren't the Seminoles?



http://www.edgeofsports.com/2014-01-09-890/index.html

The article fairly brings up the point that although the Seminole Tribe of Florida sanctions our use of Osceola and the Seminole head logo, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma opposes it. The fact that there is a Seminole nation of Oklahoma speaks to the history of forced removal and the atrocities of the US government (another reason why FSU -OU games have a special significance to me).

While I can't bear to think about ever changing the name, it is worth asking if we really need to keep all of the traditions that we have. I've been told by an alum that the chop came out of holding up four fingers in the 4th quarter back in the late 80's when Prime was on the team and we kept coming back in the 4th quarter. The war chant is fun to do, but I have always felt a little weird doing it and it can get repetitive quickly (anyone who was at the NC State game this year can testify to this).

So after reading the article, what traditions would y'all keep and which ones could you see go? I think there is a compromise to be struck and I think it's important to remain the Seminoles. That being said, it's important to concede that using a tribe for athletics is always going to be inherently offensive to some people and it's interesting to wonder what other name we could call ourselves that would still epitomize the state of Florida.

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