Miami University is looking to strengthen its relationship with the Myaamia Tribe in Oklahoma through a new logo.
The school came under controversy in the 1990s for its mascot, the Redskins. The school soon changed its mascot to a RedHawk.
Now, the school hopes this new addition will honor and respect the tribe that the school’s name is based on.
Alum Tom Woodward (‘69) was skeptical at first, “Years ago, when they first made the transition to RedHawks, we probably would have been more vocal about our feelings against it. But now, it’s been around for years, so I’m kinda used to it. But you can see we have no RedHawks shirts on. We just don’t do that.”
After seeing the new design, he and his brother and sister-in-law agreed they like this additional design.
“That’s nice. I don’t mind that at all,” said Woodward.
The logo was created by members of the tribe, collaborating with the school. The design symbolizes a strengthening relationship. It also hopes to bring awareness to the Myaamia Center at the school.
Many students say they are on board.
“I like the look of it, I think it goes back to our roots. It’s different too,” said Andrew Hunter, a sophomore at Miami.
“I think it’ll do well and I think a lot of people will respect them for trying to pay tribute to something as important as that,” said Haley Thoresen, a junior.
Others didn’t think there was a need for a change in the first place.
“I don’t think it was disrespectful before. I think it’s very respectful. I think that’s why they did it and I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t have a problem with NFL teams having names like that,” said John, a parent of a student from Minnesota.
Miami Tribe Chief Doug Lankford and Miami University president Greg Crawford will unveil the new logo on Saturday. Afterward, they will celebrate with a ceremonial coin toss to begin the RedHawks’ home football game at 2:30 p.m.