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July 27, 2005


Native American image eliminated in 2006 game

By David Harris
Life Sports Editor

July 27, 2005


Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe spokesman Joe Sowmick was disgusted with what he saw in the 2005 Electronic Arts Sports NCAA Football game.

A fan at a CMU home football game was shown in a Native American headdress and face paint.

The scene was immediately taken out and does not appear in the 2006 version of the game, which was released earlier this month.

“When you see those things out there, you have to step up to the plate and take action,” Sowmick said. “I am glad to see that EA Sports complied.”

Sowmick called the scene depicted in the 2005 game a “disservice to the tribe and CMU.”

Steve Smith, director of broadcast media services, said the scene was against university policy.

“That was not something we approve of or endorse,” he said.

Smith said EA Sports has worked closely with Mark Lagerwey, director of publications, to ensure no stereotypes appeared in the game.

Lagerway is in charge of CMU trademark and licensing.

EA Sports sent versions of both Sony Playstation 2 and Microsoft’s X-Box to CMU.

“I wasn’t worried because EA Sports was interested in doing things the right way this time,” Lagerwey said.

A person from the sports information office played both versions of the game to review it.

They found no such stereotypes in either version, Lagerwey said.

“EA Sports was very forthcoming to make sure things were done correctly,” he said.

EA Sports was not available for comment Tuesday.

NCAA committee sends recommendations

Native American mascots have been a hot button topic with the NCAA as well.

All NCAA institutions, including CMU, with Native American nicknames, logos or mascots were required by the NCAA to assess their use of the nickname and submit a report to the NCAA by May 1.

Those reports were reviewed at a June 20-22 conference of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee. That committee sent recommendations to the Executive Committee Subcommittee on Gender and Diversity Issues for review at its Aug. 3 meeting.

The recommendations were not released because they have not been finalized.

Smith did not know what those recommendations would be.

He will meet with Derek van der Merwe, associate athletic director of compliance, to discuss the possible recommendations tomorrow.
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