ASU Proud of Indian Heritage - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

ASU Proud of Indian Heritage

November 11, 2005 – Posted at 2:12 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Arkansas State University was founded in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas legislature as a regional agricultural training school. The school has had a rich tradition since 1931 of using Indians as its mascot, but the culture has been much more in Region 8.

The Native American history has been an important part of the tradition at A-State and in an informational meeting Friday, it was a chance to explore the unknown.

“Arkansas probably has a history of Native American history, greater than almost any of the surrounding states. People shouldn't be going there they should be coming here to look at Native American history,” said presenter Timothy Jones.

And it's that look at history that might surprise you.

“They think that the Cherokee history that they have were people who dropped off the Trail of Tears and that kind of stuff. The fact is that when the Trail of Tears occurred, there were over 50,000 western Cherokee living in Arkansas at the time,” said Jones.

And Jones believes there are more Cherokee underground.

“People who have been here continuously are now surfacing and making themselves known. Because of civil rights and minorities ability to begin to surface,” said Jones.

Friday’s informational meeting prefaces a debate Saturday on the mascot here at Arkansas State University. It's to be held at the Convocation Center at 3:30 in the afternoon

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Experts: more kids drown in open bodies of water

    Experts: more kids drown in open bodies of water

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:03:44 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:37 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:37:22 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    More kids drown in open bodies of water than swimming pools, according to experts.

    More kids drown in open bodies of water than swimming pools, according to experts.

  • breaking

    Day wins Craighead County Judge race

    Day wins Craighead County Judge race

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-05-23 02:27:46 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:18 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:18:18 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Republican Marvin Day of Jonesboro has won the Craighead County Judge's race against opponent Jeff Presley. 

    Republican Marvin Day of Jonesboro has won the Craighead County Judge's race against opponent Jeff Presley. 

  • Arkansas Primary Voter Guide

    Arkansas Primary Voter Guide

    Sunday, May 6 2018 3:02 PM EDT2018-05-06 19:02:56 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:17 PM EDT2018-05-23 02:17:41 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Voters will head to the polls May 22 to decide a variety of federal, state and local races, not to mention a pair of sales tax proposals.

    Voters will head to the polls May 22 to decide a variety of federal, state and local races, not to mention a pair of sales tax proposals.

Powered by Frankly