Original Montague Reporter Story: Residents Ask Committee To Rethink Indians Mascot


For those seeking background on the events that led up to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee’s decision to consider changing the Turners Falls High School mascot, here is The Montague Reporter‘s coverage of the May 24, 2016 Gill-Montague Regional School Committee meeting. Reprinted with permission from the May 26, 2016 issue, and thanks to Managing Editor Mike Jackson for the heads-up on the posting!

Excerpt: At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee, several local residents spoke during the time allotted for public comment to suggest that the district should once again consider changing the mascot of Turners Falls High School, which is currently the Indian.

“Frankly, we’re going to have to change the name, sooner or later,” said Jean Hebden, a resident of downtown Turners Falls and a Montague town meeting member from Precinct 5. “Either the MIAA… or the state, or the federal government, is going to pass a law saying that we can no longer use Native American nicknames for our schools, for whatever reason.”

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