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Much tradition behind Indians
To the editor:
Last August I wrote a letter regarding the mascot name change at Southeast Missouri State University. I am writing again to re-emphasize my disappointment over this issue.
There is too much tradition behind the names Indians and Otahkians. These two names have been with the university for as long as I can remember.
I come from an Indian background and consider it an honor to have my heritage represented this way. I played under the Indian name for four years during college, and the name has great meaning to me. I am sure all of the alumni who have created memories at Southeast feel the same about the name change.
As a former president of the board of regents from 1971 to 1981, I do not feel that the mascot of my alma mater should be changed. I believe the feelings, opinions and concerns of current students and alumni are in agreement and should be considered while making this decision.
KENNETH LEE DEMENT