The Aztecs mascot cheers moments before a game in 2014.
Photo by Seth Sanchez/Icon Sportswire

The latest effort to abolish San Diego State University‘s Aztec mascot on the basis that it perpetuates stereotypes and misunderstandings of Native Americans has been stopped for now.

Wednesday night the university’s Associated Students voted against a resolution to remove the long-standing mascot and phase out the Aztec identity.

Native American Student Alliance and SDSU lecturer Ozzie Monge has spearheaded the push to abandon the Aztec symbol. He has argued the mascot perpetuates a misconception that the Aztecs lived in the southwest United States when in fact they lived in central Mexico.

Any false understandings, Monge has stated, are a slight to local tribes and all Native American peoples.

Following Wednesday night’s vote, SDSU issued a statement.

“Associated Students’ University Council recently engaged in their resolution process and voted against the proposed resolution regarding SDSU’s Aztec identity,” the statement read. “We appreciate the thoughtful consideration our student leaders have given the issue.

“A similar resolution has also been proposed to the University Senate and is expected to go through its own policy discussion process in the fall,” the statement continued. “It is important to SDSU that all viewpoints regarding the university’s Aztec identity are given the opportunity to be respectfully heard and carefully considered.”

According to the university, the last time the Aztec mascot was challenged was 2014 when the Associated Students voted 24-1 to maintain the current status.

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