Utes represent at UofU football and basketball games
In honor of Native American Heritage month, the Northern Ute Tribe was invited to perform at halftime of the Runnin’ Utes basketball and football games Nov. 21 and 22.
The Runnin’ Utes went through many mascots in the past and during a time when a lot of controversy is surrounding native mascots the Northern Ute Tribe and the University of Utah managed to reach a mutual agreement.
According to the Ute Bulletin, instead of changing the Runnin’ Utes name, Northern Ute and the university decided to work together to educate the fans and students on, “what a Ute is, and what it means to be Ute.”
A Ute Proud campaign was launched this past summer and helped turn what could have been a negative outcome into a positive opportunity for both the Northern Ute people and the University of Utah.
Though the University of Utah’s football team lost 42-10 to the No. 12 Arizona Wildcats, many Utah fans went to social media to applaud the half time performance.
“I loved the halftime performance by the [Ute Tribe]. Hope more of this gets incorporated into Utah athletics.”
Another fan tweeted, “So awesome, gave me the chills!”
The Runnin’ Utes also wore special edition uniforms in Saturday’s match up. Besides specially designed jersey’s, players wore helmets that had Northern Utes Tribal Seal on them.