The state has ordered a school in Albany to remove their Indian mascot.
People have taken issue with the use of Native Americans as school’s mascots or names. The New York State Department of Education has become involved.
Cambridge Central School District has been notified by NYSED to stop using the mascot. They threatened to cut their state aid when the response was slow.
Other schools have not yet been told by NYSED to stop their use of the logo, and Doug Silvernell, superintendent of Cambridge told Syracuse.com that people feel singled out.
He added that there are about 70 other districts in the state that use the same mascot.
Eight Section III districts still use the nickname “Warriors.” They include Clinton, Hannibal, Indian River, Liverpool, Morrisville-Eaton, Weedsport, Westhill, and Whitesboro. Some have changed their logos and mascots to give a more generic meaning.
Six schools that still use specific Native American logos and mascots include Lyme Indians, Oneida Indians, Oriskany Redskins, Sauquoit Valley Indians, Waterville Indians, and West Canada Valley Indians.
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