The University of Utah Utes: Working Toward Understanding
When the student group met with the university’s president, they were told to develop an education program to prepare the school for the retirement of the logo. “We put together a power point presentation with our traditions and research to raise awareness, and the university was going to phase out the drum and feather merchandise. We did our part and presented to student groups and community members, the football team, and Board of Trustees,” Eldridge said.
The group also presented at the National Indian Education Conference in Oklahoma in 2012, and at Haskell University’s Empowerment Summit. They brought in Dennis Banks and the 1491s, a sketch comedy group from Minnesota and Oklahoma.
By 2013, the students realized they had not seen any change in the logo and contacted the president. “They told us they were keeping the logo, and that ‘you just need to do what you are going to do,’” Eldridge said. “He was stringing us along.”
“That’s when we drafted the petition, not just locally but nationally.” Eldridge managed to get more than 700 signatures that called for the retirement of the logo.
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