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Controversial Huron logo to be removed from EMU band uniforms

Eastern Michigan University Eagle
Kenneth Bailey
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Eastern Michigan University officials say a controversial logo depicting a Native American will be removed from the school's marching band uniforms.

The decision comes more than 20 years after the EMU Board of Regents voted unanimously to drop the Huron as the school's mascot. 

In an email posted online, interim president Kim Schatzel said the 1991 board action "made clear there would be no further use of the Huron logo or name by the university." 

Schatzel thanked EMU's Native American Student Organization (NASO) and faculty who "assisted in the research of this matter and its resolution."

NASO has been fighting for removal of the Huron logo ever since former president Susan Martin brought it back as a historic tribute on the inside of the school's band jackets. 

The painted face of a Native American with feathers is displayed next to another former EMU logo, the "Normalite."

NASO faculty advisor Lori Burlingame says the Huron logo may have been a well-intentioned part of EMU's history, but its use is still racist.

"As institutions, we all grow and change over time," Burlingame said. "Hopefully, as a human race, we learn there are things we shouldn't be doing."

Chris Sutton, is an EMU senior and treasurer of NASO.

"[Now], future generations, my children, other native kids in the community can walk on Eastern's campus

The university says donated funds from the EMU Foundation will cover the cost of removing the logo.

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