Remove Harmful Images

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Jamie Fields
1 year ago
Studies show that native mascots are harmful to native students, and non-native students who are encouraged to appropriate our culture.

https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots

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Jean Burbo
2 years ago
I am Abenaki and I find this image to be thoughtless and insulting.

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Susanna Davison
2 years ago
Indians--and Redskins--are still haunting school districts in Pennsylvania today. (Maine has done better than most other states. Perhaps New Hampshire should look to their northern neighbors for a good example!

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Ivy Maiorino
2 years ago
First Nation imagery should not be used this way because First Nations people have made clear the issues, over and over again. If you value "nostalgia" over the lived experiences of those affected by institutionalized racism you are being willfully ignorant.

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Erica Druke
2 years ago
Would you have a white Caucasian male as a mascot? Why not? If you were a Native American yourself, how would you feel if your own school had a Native American as their mascot?

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Robert B. Williams, Jr.
2 years ago
this is disrespectful

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Lauren Ruiz
2 years ago
I understand not wanting things to change and enjoying "tradition," but to have a Native American human being as a mascot (i.e., a pet of sorts) is disrespectful, given the history of this country. It might not be disrespectful to you, but that's not the point here. The point is that it may well be distasteful or downright hurtful to someone else---for example, to someone of Native descent---people who are part of our communities, here and across the country and who deserve to not be steamrolled or undermined.

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Amy Moriarty
2 years ago
I find it offensive too my culture and New England tribes did not wear headdresses. It condones racism. This kind of behavior allows the community to continue the racism outside of the school. Their educators should teach the children, the truth and not endorse a cartoon image as a group of people.

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James Delaney
2 years ago
I am a graduate of MV. I remember the pride we had as a school but it had nothing too do with the mascot which at the time was a horrible cartoon Indian. As for this new Indian and claims it honors local tribes. Well you need to educate yourself in local tribes. Pretty sure headdresses were a mid western thing as Abenaki the Indians that this is supposed to honor did not wear headdresses.

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Jenna Hartzell
2 years ago
The representation of the Native American should not be used as a mascot. We don’t use any other race of people as a mascot, so why should the Native American be any different?