New York high school changing Redskins nickname

A New York high school in Cooperstown — home of the National Baseball Hall of Home — is changing its sports nickname from the Redskins to the Hawkeyes. As a result, the Oneida Indian Nation is giving the school $10,000 to buy new jerseys.

The Associated Press reports in this story that students at Cooperstown Central School complained that the Redskins nickname was offensive, and the school board agreed and voted to change it to the Hawkeyes.

Hawkeye is the nickname of a major character in “The Last of the Mohicans” by author James Fenimore Cooper, who was born and lived in Cooperstown.

The Washington Redskins have long been the target of critics who say the team should changes it name because it is offensive to Native Americans. A recent Associated Press-GfK poll said that nearly four in five Americans don’t think the team should change its name despite calls by politicians and others to do so.


Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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