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FAQ: Seminole Imagery

Are the images and symbols used by Florida State athletics part of the university brand?

The brand components used by the university’s intercollegiate teams reflect the values and beliefs of the athletic department and Boosters. While these organizations are certainly part of the university, their brand elements do not, in most cases, extend effectively to the academic side of the institution.

Does the Seminole Tribe approve of the athletic department and Boosters’ use of this imagery?

The relationship between Florida State University and the Seminole Tribe of Florida is built on mutual respect. In 2005, the tribe took an unprecedented, historic step with a public declaration of support, through passage of a resolution by the Tribal Council, of the university's use of the Seminole name, logos and images. Subsequently, Chief Jerry Haney of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma also publicly stated his support.

Does Florida State consult with or provide any benefits to the Seminole Tribe?

Florida State prominently includes members of the Seminole Tribe in many of the university's most meaningful events, including graduation and homecoming, and seeks tribe members’ advice and direction to ensure tribal imagery is authentic. For example, the student who portrays the great Seminole warrior "Osceola" during Florida State football games wears clothing sewn by members of the tribe.

Does the academic side of the university also support the Seminole Tribe?

The university has a scholarship program that pays the way for students from the tribe to attend Florida State, many of them are the first in their families to attend college. Tribe members also helped design a course for Florida State students, the "History of the Seminoles and Southeastern Tribes," which focuses on Seminole history and traditions.

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