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Mascots in College Sports

A Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Mascots in College Sports.

Background Information

Though Native American mascots have historically represented many U.S. college sports teams, the number of such mascots has slowly declined since the 1970s due to controversy surrounding the use of imagery, branding, or team cheers that negatively depict certain groups, or reinforce stereotypes. Use the following sources to learn more about the cultural, racial, and sociological aspects of this topic.