What is a SAVAGE?

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sav*age (sav'ij) adj., n., v., <-aged, -ag*ing> --adj.

1. fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.

2. uncivilized; barbarous: savage tribes.

3. enraged or furiously angry, as a person.

4. unpolished; rude: savage manners.

5. wild or rugged, as country or scenery: savage wilderness.

6. Archaic. uncultivated; growing wild.


7. an uncivilized human being.

8. a fierce, brutal, or cruel person.

9. a rude, boorish person.


Native American Council Resolution

Whereas, the Diversity Report 2000 states "the University is committed to providing a learning environment which respects the diversity of every individual, that values dialogue and communication, and allows for constant review, re-evaluation and change of our individual views" (2).

And whereas, the 1999-2000 Southeastern Bulletin states that providing "an environment for non-academic experiences which foster the development of personality, social living, and effective citizenship" is one of the University's functional objectives (7).

And whereas, the 1999-2000 Southeastern Bulletin state that "this institution...does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, handicap, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures" (8).

And whereas, the Academic Policies & Procedures Manual states "It is the policy of the Board of Regents and Southeastern Oklahoma State University that racial and ethnic harassment shall be prohibited and is subject to disciplinary action as set forth in this policy. Racial and ethnic harassment is defined as: Behavior or conduct addressed directly to individual(s) related to the victim's race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin that threatens violence, or property damage, or that incites or is likely to incite imminent lawless action" (7-6).

Therefore, the Native American Council calls for the President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University to eliminate the "Savage" imagery used at Southeastern. These images include but are not limited to the use of the term "Savage" as the University mascot, the Spirit Pony with war paint and headdress, the "Indian heads" on the bookstore and gymnasium, and the spear with feathers on the new Southeastern logo.

I, ____________________________  agree with the position of the Native American Council concerning the Southeastern mascot.     (print name)





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