Florida State 'Seminoles' to Learn about Real Seminoles

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Florida State University student Daniel Lee learned in fourth grade most of what he knew about the Seminole Indians, namesakes of his school's athletic teams. It wasn't much.

"You get the puddle deep in-depth analysis," joked Lee, 22, of Gainesville. "I want to know why we chose the Seminoles and how our university's policies embody the spirit and strength of the Seminole culture."

Lee, a music education major, had to wait until his senior year to find out. He's one of 22 students enrolled in a Seminole history class that was launched this year partly in response to the National Collegiate Athletic Association's attempt to force Florida State to abandon its nickname and mascot, Chief Osceola.

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