TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Student representatives at Florida State University passed a resolution discouraging the wearing of Native American headdresses at school athletic events.
The resolution states that its purpose is to continue “cultivating and maintaining a strong relationship” with the Seminole Tribe of Florida amid the tribe expressing “its distaste for this appropriation of culture.” The report also points out that the headdresses adorned by most fans are “closer to those worn by the Plains region tribes, such as the Sioux, rather than those of the Seminole Tribe” CBS sports reports.
A university spokesperson says that the administration will consider the issue.
“The resolution is a very thoughtful and reasonable request from the Student Senate. We appreciate the motivation behind it, as well as the tone,” Florida State assistant vice president Browning Brooks said in a statement to CBS Sports on Tuesday. “The administration will give this careful thought and consider some ideas to promote additional cultural sensitivity by our students and fans.”
The resolution sparked controversy when it was initially reported that the result would be a ban on headdresses at Doak Campbell Stadium and other athletic venues, according to CBS Sports.