San Diego State May Eliminate The Aztecs

San Diego State University students are again asking the school administrators to end the use of an Aztec warrior as their mascot, reports FOX5.

On Tuesday, May 4, the SDSU Senate passed a resolution urging the school to change the mascot and select one that will honor the Kumeyaay, the indigenous people who originally lived in the area.

Dr. Jacob Alvarado Waipuk, a member of the San Pasqual Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, will propose two Kumeyaay-named animals for the school to consider, reports SDSU's campus newspaper.

While SDSU doesn't have an official mascot, a student dressed as an Aztec warrior appeared to lead chants at sporting events during the 2019-20 season.

The resolution recommends that Waipuk make the mascot recommendations to SDSU President Adela de la Torre, the University Senate, and the SDSU Associated Students by December.

This isn't the first time students have pushed back against the mascot. In 2017 a resolution was introduced by the university's Native American Student Alliance, reports FOX5.

While the school didn't drop the name, they did appoint a 17-member Aztec Identity Task Force.

A final decision on the new mascot is expected to be made by April 5, 2022.

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