Indigenous Students and Allies for Change
Students dress up in face paint and headdresses and can be seen at every game.

The University of Utah Utes: Working Toward Understanding

Christina Rose

The University of Utah website states there are more than 30,000 students and the student group claims only 175 Native students, only four of whom are Utes. Thacker said speaking out about the logo is difficult. “You become a target,” she said. “And it is not just one tribe this effects. When the other schools have signs ‘Back to the reservation for you’, I find that very offensive. I belong here just as much as any other student does, and I want to represent myself as a Native American woman not as an Indian representation at games. To see them throw up a teepee and tailgate with a case of beer is so demeaning.”

The misrepresentation of sacred feathers, drums, headdresses and more makes Native students so uncomfortable, many avoid going to the games. (Indigenous Students and Allies for Change)

You need to be logged in in order to post comments
Please use the log in option at the bottom of this page



Utahute72's picture
Submitted by Utahute72 on
I think both sides are missing an opportunity here. I would love the see a required general education class where all students at the university are taught about the history of the tribe and native Americans in general. I would guess that if the student body were educated we would be less likely to find offensive behavior. I would also like to see one of the football halftimes turned over to the native American community to present to the fan base cultural and educational information. I wish we could make the school a model for cooperation with the native Americans we are supposed to represent.