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The Municipal University of Omaha/University of Nebraska at Omaha sports team name of "Indians" was abolished in May 1971, along with associated mascots, nicknames, and other references to Native American imagery or terms (such as the yearbook name "Tomahawk"). UNO would be briefly without a mascot, until "Mavericks" was selected in October 1971. The university now recognizes that the mascot and associated depictions is offensive. When the university first selected this mascot in 1939, school mascots based on Native American stereotypes were common. Many artifacts, publications, names, and other material from university history from the period 1939 through 1971 depict Native American caricatures, and it is difficult to present materials from this era without showing or acknowledging this mascot. We accept this as a part of our history, as we accept that the 1971 mascot change represented a positive step for the university.
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University of Omaha
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University of Omaha, "The Gateway 1921" (1921). Yearbooks. 23.
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