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Cambridge school board to vote tonight on retiring Indians logo

Cambridge school board to vote tonight on retiring Indians logo

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CAMBRIDGE — The school board will vote tonight on whether to retire its Indian logo and nickname.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. solely through videoconferencing. The link can be found at the district’s website at www.cambridgecsd.org.

District officials have been hearing community feedback for the last eight months and held mediation sessions on whether to retire the logo, which some have said creates negative stereotypes of Native Americans and should be replaced.

The board’s resolution states the nickname would be retired effective July 1 and Superintendent of Schools Douglas Silvernell would develop a process and a committee to select a new nickname. All historical awards plaques, pictures and signs associated with the Cambridge Indians nickname would be retained.

Also, the athletic apparel with the current logo would be replaced as items wore out, so the district would not have excessive costs at one time.

Dillon Honyoust, a member of the Onondaga nation who favors retaining the logo, was elected to the board last month. Because he is serving out the term for a vacant seat, he has taken office immediately.

Another pro-mascot candidate, David Shay Price, will take office on July 1.

Michael Goot covers politics, crime and courts, Warren County, education and business. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com

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