Ouampi, a stereotypical caricature of a Native American, was the mascot of the Municipal University of Omaha (after 1968, the University of Nebraska at Omaha) from 1950 until 1971. Although the OU sports teams were known as the Indians starting in 1939 (replacing the Cardinals), the named mascot Ouampi did not appear until 1950, after an alumni committee contest to name the OU Indian mascot. In 1971, the Student Senate abolished Ouampi, the Indians, Maie Day, and related racial stereotypes from UNO campus symbolism. Source material varies on the capitalization of "Ouampi" versus "OUampi," though "Ouampi" seems to be more common. It is pronounced "wampi."
Carter, Stan. "Senate drops 'Indians' nickname." Gateway (Omaha, NE). May 12, 1971.
"Committee finds name for Indian." Gateway (Omaha, NE). March 24, 1950.
"Naylor approves Ouampi removal." Gateway (Omaha, NE). May 21, 1971.
Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:
OUampi Seat Cushions, Indians Football Pin, Drawstring Bags, Binder, and UNO T-shirts of Patty Bennett, circa 1960-1998
The February 2016 accession includes: a UNO wastebasket, a UNO Maverick Hockey flag, a UN Omaha pennant, and a 1996 UNO football poster.
The March 2016 accession includes: a small UN Omaha pennant, a cloth depiction of former OU/UNO Indian mascot OUampi, and a UNO Maverick key chain.
The April 2016 accession includes: two Christmas ornaments, a UNO key chain, a UNO Mavericks button, and a pair of UNO ankle socks.