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Monday, May 10, 2004
 

Iowa's Ironic Policy: The state and University of Iowa have made headlines in the past few weeks because of the state's policy on not playing teams with American Indian nicknames, such as "Braves," "Indians," etc. This year, Iowa dropped baseball games it had schedule with Bradley, because their team is nicknamed the Braves. The university has also said it would turn down a lucrative football series with Florida State because their team is nicknamed the Seminoles.

The merits of such a policy can be debated, and you can seeboth sides of the controversy.

But what is ironic is that the University of Iowa is nicknamed the 'Hawkeyes.' I am not the first, but I wondered what that referenced, so I looked it up. From Portal Iowa: "The 'Hawkeye State' was first suggested by James G. Edwars as a tribute to Indian leader Chief Black Hawk." So, Iowa, the leaders in the anti-Native American name movement, have a Native American nickname. So far, only World Net Daily has picked up on this, but how can Iowa possibly get away with such moral grandstanding? And how has no one in Iowa picked up on this?





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