This ban is heartbreaking for a people that have served and enriched the United States for decades.
The more we pour into student government, the more they pour back into us.
The entire purpose of the society was to honor Miccosukee culture and preserve it while honoring the greatest leaders and change-makers in our academic community. Calling the society’s traditions “exoticizing of native culture” and racist is a complete denial of concrete fact.
The same way society prioritizes heterosexual and non-conforming relationships is the same way most universities, including our own, operate.
During our election time, I encourage you all to be open-minded, be willing to hear perspectives, and think critically about what is being said and why.
It is important to note that just because these organizations may have ‘relationships” with native tribes does not mean they are not guilty of racism.