Ongoing: The Turners Falls Indians Mascot Controversy


The Daily Hampshire Gazette picks up the story.

A division has emerged this fall over whether Turners Falls High School should ditch its Indians mascot, with community members circulating dueling online petitions as a way to garner support and gauge interest on both sides of the argument.

One petition calls for the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee to change the name because of concerns of racist imagery and stereotyping of Native Americans.

Another petition urges the committee to keep the name, saying it is a way to pay homage to the Native American men and women who died as a result of the King Philip’s War. Those in support of changing the name say arguments surrounding the tradition are not enough to keep it.

Sign the petition for change here.

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