E. Idaho School to Drop Redskins as Mascot
DRIGGS, Idaho (AP) — The top administrator for an eastern Idaho high school says the school will drop its longtime Redskins nickname, logo and mascot in a move to show respect for Native Americans.
Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulm announced earlier this week that Teton High School in Driggs will begin searching for a new nickname and mascot. He says the decision was motivated by the need to teach students to see beyond skin color and assumptions based on appearances. But it also comes amid a renewed push to get the Washington Redskins of the NFL to change its team name.
Last month, ten members of Congress sent letters urging the team’s owner to discontinue using Redskins because it’s offensive to many Native Americans. The decision has won praise from the local school board.