RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — The Red Lodge School District board of trustees has unanimously voted to change the high school's mascot, the Redskins, amid criticism that it is a derogatory term referring to Native Americans.
Before Tuesday night's vote was taken, schools Superintendent Mark Brajcich warned that changing the mascot was going to have a divisive effect. Meanwhile, Trustee John Elsberry asked the district to "embrace the Redskins mascot" until a new one is chosen by students and the community.
RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A southern Montana school district's trustees will vote next week on whether the district's public high school should drop its Redskins mascot.
The Red Lodge School District board held a hearing on the topic Wednesday night. Comment was evenly divided between those supporting the 60-year tradition of the Redskins mascot and those who say it's a derogatory term referring to American Indians.
Weighing heavily on the trustees was a letter from the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council asking them to change the mascot.