Despite having changed their mascot some twenty years ago from the Hurons to the Eagles, the president and some alumni at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) have seen fit to reclaim the old logo for the football team’s home opener. Despite the fact that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission recommended all schools avoid the use of American Indian mascots, EMU’s marching band will be wearing the old logo, the Detroit News reports.
The News reports that many of the school’s almuni have long derided the team’s name, logo and mascot change, and have refused to support the school financially because of the decision.
“Once a Huron, always a Huron,” appears to be the mantra of some EMU alumni, the Detroit News reports.
“An effort to heal that wound will be made on Saturday at the football team’s home opener against Illinois State at Rynearson Satdium,” AnnArbor.com reports. The News goes on to write that “The EMU Marching Band will sport the logo on its new uniforms Saturday…although the uniform’s Huron logo won’t be easily visible, the move is part of several university efforts to unite EMU alumni — especially those who are still vocal about the dropped mascot and won’t financially support the university.”
The ruffled feathers of alumni, and the witholding of financial support, apparently trumps the 1991 decision by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the feelings of Michigan’s many tribal members.
“Reinstating the Hurons is just one of several ways the university is starting to nod to and celebrate its past,” EMU President Susan Martin told the News. “She came up with the idea with alumni to include the Huron mascot on the 275 new band uniforms,” the News reports.
“I don’t like native people being used as mascots in any situation,” said American Indian Services Director Fay Givens to the News, who was a outspoken supporter of changing the Huron mascot in 1991.