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Southern Cayuga, Weedsport schools begin process to find new mascot after state mandates change

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The Weedsport Central and Southern Cayuga school districts in Cayuga County are calling for community suggestions following a New York State Education Department decision to prohibit Native American-themed nicknames for athletic programs.

Weedsport, formerly known as the “Warriors,” and Southern Cayuga, previously the “Chiefs,” are both looking for new identities that comply with the state’s mandate.


Weedsport’s officials emphasized that the nickname change would not affect the school’s past athletic accomplishments, while recognizing the obligation to respect the mandate.

Simultaneously, Southern Cayuga announced its plan to assemble a mascot advisory committee comprising students, coaches, community members, board members, and staff, to determine a new nickname.

Both districts aim to involve their communities and students in the decision-making process, underlining the importance of respecting diverse perspectives, particularly those of Native American communities.