The student government of Florida State University, whose athletic teams are named the "Seminoles", has passed a resolution banning the wearing of any Native American headdress at Florida State athletic events. The resolution states that "the wearing of any Native American headdresses shall no longer be permitted into athletic arenas at FSU."
Headdresses usually worn and seen by those at Florida State games are closer to the cultural traditions of the Plains region tribes, such as the Sioux, rather than those of the Seminole Tribe.
The exact language of Resolution 15 is as follows:
WHEREAS: The Florida State University is responsible for cultivating and maintaining a strong relationship between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and this collegiate institution, and
WHEREAS: The Florida State University received the declaration of support from the Seminole Tribe in 2005 to use the Seminole name, logos and images, and
WHEREAS: The university seeks to ensure all images and actions used to depict the tribe are authentic and reflect what we value as an institution, and
WHEREAS: The university has agreed to not engage in any activity that does not have the approval of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and
WHEREAS: Florida State University fans are allowed to bring headdresses that do not depict the Seminole Tribe of Florida to athletic events, and
WHEREAS: The Seminole Tribe has expressed its distaste for this appropriation of culture, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SIXTY EIGHTH STUDENT SENATE AT THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY THAT:
The 68th Student Senate does not condone the wearing of headdresses because it inaccurately depicts the culture of the Seminole Tribe and we request that the wearing of headdresses no longer be permitted in any arena or FSU sanctioned event.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT:
The 68th Senate requests inappropriate use of the materials as listed above, constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.