The Big Green
For decades, the College’s sports teams were often referred to unofficially as “the Indians.” In 1971, a group of Native Americans at Dartmouth released a statement declaring that “various traditions and symbols used by the Dartmouth Community are based upon insensitivity to the culture of Native American Peoples.” They requested that the College stop using all variants of the Indian symbol and provided a list of recommendations for ways in which the College might better support Native American students. The College subsequently removed the Indian symbol from athletic uniforms and equipment and discouraged its use.
Today’s more inclusive team identity is “The Big Green,” named for the College’s athletic uniforms on which green has been a primary color since the nineteenth century. Generations of students have competed as athletes on Dartmouth teams and cheered them on. Over 75% of undergraduates are involved in sports – including varsity, club, and intramural – and outdoor exploration is a major part of the student experience. Students represent Dartmouth at national championships and Olympic Games; maintain the Appalachian Trail and the Second College Grant; and participate in first-year trips and Winter Carnival.