Just below the Great Falls at Peskeompskut. Photo by Cheryll Toney Holley, from her blog For All My Relations.
After passionate hearings where the public weighed in on Turners Falls High School’s use of “Indians” for its identity on the athletic fields and beyond, the focus now shifts. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee is planning to hold a series of what are being called “educational forums” that examine different aspects of the issue that has segments of the community at odds. The four events scheduled are set to make an in-depth examination of a piece of the story.
Recognizing that feelings on both sides of the matter are running hot and that many minds appear to be made up, we nevertheless urge the community to be prepared to listen. This is what those who spoke before the committee during its hearings wanted, after all — to have people listen to their pleas, their thoughts and wishes about the future of the use of “Indians” imagery by the high school.