Keep “The Indian” as Cheyenne’s Mascot

Keep “The Indian” as Cheyenne’s Mascot

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Sammy Kilimann started this petition to District 12 students and parents and

Keep “The Indian” as Cheyenne’s mascot. With what’s going on in our country and our world, people want change. Unfortunately that means some people want to change the mascot of my beloved high school. We have been “The Indians” since 1940, when we changed from the Mountaineers. At Cheyenne, we adore “The Indian” and that’s who we are and who we identify as. Freshman are initiated at the beginning of each school year in a ceremony conducted by Native Americans called Akchita. Native Americans do a tribal dance and play tribal music as well.  Also, the man, the myth, the legend, Eddie Three Eagles would play his flute for all to hear. I don’t know if he actually played but that’s beside the point. At the end of the ceremony, the senior class gives pins with the freshmen class’ graduation year to the freshmen. In 2006, the high school held a ceremony in which members of the Cheyenne tribe blessed the name. Cheyenne Mountain High School has made sure to stop using “questionable logos or representations” on sports uniforms, students are not allowed to dress up in Indian costumes at games as they did in the past, and beginning my senior year we were not allowed to do the tomahawk chop in school chants. I understand why some people thinks it’s offensive, but the school district has done a lot to make it so we aren’t abusing the Native American Culture. I am, and always will be, an Indian.

Sincerely,

Sammy Kilimann, 2018 Graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School and Indian for life

If you want to contact me and talk about this issue or any other controversial issue, my number is 719-337-1040 and my email is samuelkilimann@cedarville.edu. Much love❤️

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