On Friday, ASug.5, the NCAA announced that, starting in February 2006, it would ban the use of any nick or logo THEY considered ethnically hostile or abusive. This HAS to be one of their more idiotic decisions. I believe a member of the Seminole Council described it best by saying this is yet another case of non-Indians deciding what's best for Indians. (Fl.State has long worked with the Seminoles in determining what logos, mascots, and regalia would be honoring to the Seminoles, including naming their mascot after Chief Osceola, the most famous Seminole.) As for the name "Indian" and other European names for them...Columbus, believing he'd reached India, called the people he saw "Indians". He wasn't being insulting; he honestly believed these people were citizens of the nation of India. Sitting Bull, that most-thoroughly-Sioux of the Sioux, called himself an Indian. Once, when some other tribes were mentioned to him by a news reporter, snorted, "Indians, HMMFF! There are no Indians left but ME!" (The name "Sioux" itself is a FRENCH name, that people's own name for themselves is "LAKOTA".) Most Indians accepted the name "Indian" because they believed it to be the Europeans' name for their people, just as Europeans accepted the equivalent of "pale face".(I do NOT use the term "Native American" because it's WRONG! "America" is the name given to these continents by EUROPEANS who recognized the cartography of AMERIGO Vespucci.(1451-1512...To this day, Amerigo is still a very common italian surname.) I stick with the old "Indian", or, to confuse any New-Age-Liberal who may be polluting our presence, "Continental Aboriginal". Here's the list of nicks the NCAA finds offensive as of Friday: Alcorn State University (Braves) Central Michigan University (Chippewas) Catawba College (Indians) Florida State University (Seminoles) Midwestern State University (Indians) University of Utah (Utes) Indiana University-Pennsylvania (Indians) Carthage College (Redmen) Bradley University (Braves) Arkansas State University (Indians) Chowan College (Braves) University of Illinois (Illini) University of Louisiana-Monroe (Indians) McMurry University (Indians) Mississippi College (Choctaws) Newberry College (Indians) University of North Dakota (Fighting Sioux) Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Savages) I hope Fl. State and the Seminole people successfully sue the NCAA & that the NCAA replaces those New-Age-Liberal members!