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OSU Native American students respond to 'Trail of Tears' GameDay sign

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A College GameDay sign painted by a group of Oklahoma State University students caused fury on social media and has caught the attention of Native American students.

The sign, which was held this morning in Fort Worth, Texas, at ESPN's College GameDay event, read: "Send 'em home #Trail_of_Tears #GoPokes."

“I am disappointed in the actions of these OSU students, even if these actions were unintentional, it is still a serious issue that must be addressed," said Larod Snyder, vice president of Phi Sigma Nu, a Native American fraternity at OSU.

Snyder said it's important for students to understand the significance of the Trail of Tears and the cultural genocide of the Native American people.

"I feel this is a prime example of why Native American mascots should not be used for sports entertainment,” he said.

The Instagram post the sign was originally shared through has been deleted, but SB Nation took a screenshot.

On the university's official Twitter account, @okstate, the university said it doesn't condone the sign.

"OSU does not condone the insensitive sign show at today's GameDay event and have requested that it be removed," the tweet read.

Veronica Arredondo, Miss American Indian OSU, said though the Trail of Tears happened in the past, it's important for students to remember its significance.

"OSU has one of the top graduation rates of Native American students," she said. "I feel that there should be more classes and opportunities offered to the OSU student body.”