TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It’s not uncommon to see spears, feathers, and anything garnet and gold at FSU games. But, one thing some don’t want to see anymore are Native American headdresses.
The FSU Student Government Association recently passed a resolution discouraging people from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
FSU student Christina Layton said, “It’s good that they passed that because we don’t want to misrepresent any kind of tradition that the Seminoles do have.”
Student Government says many headdresses are worn inaccurately and don’t depict the culture of the Seminole Tribe. It says headdresses are more representative of other tribes, not the Seminoles.
FSU student Isabella Werber said, “If you’re not informed on a culture’s reasons for why they’re even in existence and why they’re used originally, then it is offensive to be wearing them for sporting games.”
Some students like Shirley Chen say they believe fans are only trying to celebrate when they wear headdresses.
She said, “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. People just want to show school spirit. It has been one of our traditions, people wear headdress pieces to the games.”
Layton said, “I think that it’s a lot of school spirit. But, it does makes sense and I respect the decision for them to pass that.”
This is only a resolution, meaning an opinion. Student Government does not have the authority to impose any ban anywhere on campus.
FSU released this statement: “The resolution is a very thoughtful and reasonable request from the Student Senate. We appreciate the motivation behind it, as well as the tone. The administration will give this careful thought and consider some ideas to promote additional cultural sensitivity by our students and fans.”
By: WCTV Eyewitness News / CBS Sports May 4, 2016
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.