High schools keep Indian names, remove reference to Indians

West Hartford will host a community forum to discuss Indian mascots on February 12th (Image: hall.whps.org)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The West Hartford School Board has voted to eliminate reference to Indians at the two high schools, but will allow the schools to continue using the team names Chieftan and Warrior.

A compromise allows the team names to remain without any reference to Native American culture.

The Hartford Courant reports that some argued the mascots are a long and popular tradition to be protected. Others said the logos and related images are outdated and offensive.

Republicans Jay Sarzen and Mark Zydanowicz (Zeh-DAN-eh- ‘witts) on Tuesday defended the use of the mascots. Zydanowicz said eliminating the names ignores students, teachers and residents.

Several Democrats said the Native American mascots have no place in town schools.

School principals will lead the effort to modify logos and mascots by June 15.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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