Eastern New Mexico Ends Use of 'Zia' Name for Teams

April 28, 2015

Eastern New Mexico University's board voted Friday to stop the institution's use of "Zias" for women's athletic teams. Going forward, both the men's and women's teams will be called the Greyhounds. Unlike some colleges that were pressured to change team names, Eastern New Mexico came to the decision itself, based on discussions with the Zia Pueblo, where the name originated. “No one pressured Eastern to do this,” said a statement from Steven Gamble, the university's president. “Respecting and honoring the Zia Pueblo’s historic right to the Zia symbol is just the right thing to do.”

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