Keep Indian as the Manhattan High School Mascot

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A high school mascot is causing controversy in the Little Apple.  A mascot that has been a tradition of the school going on 75 years now.

The Manhattan Indians.

A mascot created to honor former football coach Frank Prentup.

But a symbol a few community members aren’t comfortable with.

Now one group of Manhattan residents feels their high school mascot falls in that category and needs to be changed.

The mascot isn’t meant to be derogatory. In fact it has evolved in recent years to serve as symbol of honor.

The latest mascot was even designed by a faculty member who was a member of the Potawatomie Tribe.

The school also did away with this mascot head-dress and some costumes twirlers for the band used to wear at games.

No formal proposal has been presented to the board of education yet but those people hope a meaningful community dialogue will start and lead to positive change.

An informational meeting on the push for a mascot change is scheduled for January 27th at 6:00 p.m.

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