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Waterloo school officials close to ditching Indians nickname

Waterloo school officials have sent a survey home with students soliciting input on a new nickname for school athletic teams to replace the current Indians nickname. reports suggestion will be accepted through this Friday. The district’s mascot search committee will gather the results and issue a second survey next month seeking a final decision on a new name.

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The state has been pushing school districts to move away from Native American-based nicknames. Native American nicknames still in use in the Finger Lakes include the Canandaigua Braves, Red Jacket Indians and Romulus Warriors.

Read the notice sent to Waterloo parents below:

Dear Waterloo Families,

As you may have heard, the Waterloo Central School District Mascot Search Committee met on Wednesday afternoon. The committee was comprised of students, staff, and community members. The survey below will be distributed to all Waterloo students and staff. The survey link will be posted on the district web page for interested community members. The deadline for survey completion is Friday, April 29th.

There will be two surveys. The first is the survey below, which is meant to gather all ideas for our new mascot. That information will be collected, analyzed and submitted to the committee. The committee will meet again to select viable options for our new mascot. This information will guide the committee in creating the second survey to help select Waterloo Central School District’s new mascot.

The second survey will be sent sometime in May to determine the top mascot choices.