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Louisiana-Monroe will ask to stay as Indians

MONROE, La. -- Louisiana-Monroe will ask the NCAA to allow
them to remain the Indians.

The school will appeal the NCAA's recent ruling banning the use
of Indian names and imagery, athletic director Bobby Staub said.

"We received information from the NCAA about the appeals
process and that's what we were waiting on," Staub said. "Now
we're collecting that data and we're going back to our committee
that was involved in our mascot self study to begin with. They are
formulating their plan to submit an appeal."

ULM is one of 18 schools using mascots that the NCAA deemed
"hostile or abusive." Florida State on Tuesday won its appeal and
will be allowed to use Seminoles as its mascot in any postseason
appearances.

Approval from American Indian tribes would be a primary factor
in deciding appeals from schools that want to use Indian nicknames
and mascots in postseason play, according to the NCAA.

"Obviously there are numerous Indian tribes in Louisiana,"
Staub said Wednesday. "We're going to be in contact with those
organizations to get -- hopefully -- a letter of affirmation. That
will be a part of our appeal. We're starting that process right
now."

The Florida State ruling is a good sign, said ULM fan Charlie
Miller. He pointed out former ULM player Perry Beaver and former
head coach James L. Malone -- both men with Indian heritage -- as
part of the school's claim to the usage.

"The tradition goes back a long way," Miller said. "We don't
want to change our name. A lot of people are still irritated
because we're ULM instead of Northeast." The school was once named
Northeast Louisiana University.

This spring the school retired the cartoonish mascot Chief Brave
Spirit from appearing at ULM events. References to the campus as
"The Reservation" were also stopped.