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ASU To Retire Indian Mascot Tonight

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (KAIT) - ASU is set to retire the Indian mascot with a final farewell tonight.

The selection process appears to be over, with the choice of the "Wolves" (many speculate that the final name will be "Red Wolves" though Region 8 News has not confirmed this).  Now, the mascot that began it all, the Indian, will say goodbye tonight during halftime of the men's basketball game against Louisiana-Monroe.

The team will still be called the Indians until the end of the year.

The Indian mascot had been a part of ASU for 77 years.  In 2005, the NCAA announced a ban on ethnically or racially "hostile" or "abusive" nicknames, mascots and imagery at championship events.  Arkansas State was 1 of the schools found in violation of the policy.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight and Region 8 News will be there to cover the event.

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