Remove Indigenous connotation from Rutland High School Mascot/logo (Rutland, Vermont USA)

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Remove Indigenous connotation from Rutland High School Mascot/logo (Rutland, Vermont USA)

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Emily Wood started this petition to Principal Rutland High School Greg Schillinger, Principal and

1. Originally the "Red Raiders", in Rutland, Vermont, Rutland Senior High School mascot name was changed to Raiders. This still keeps part of the original name, which was connected to a Native American or Indigenous theme. It also changed the image of the logo from an Indigenous warrior to a rough cut arrowhead. Although some people are content with this change, it is not enough of a change to satisfy others. This is not more than putting a bandaid on a broken leg. The history of the treatment of Indigenous populations in Vermont might have not seemed as tyrannical to most. Not much of it stands out to most of the American population. When digging deeper, one finds that the Abenaki are still denied many rights they feel they deserve in Vermont. It is much better to change the name and theme of the mascot enough that it does not have any similarities with the original connotations of the "Red Raiders" mascot. 

https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Will-Rutland-High-School-retire-the-Raiders-571750461.html

2. I graduated from this high school. The petition is for. No there was no tribe that shows the emblem or mascot. You see there is no possibility that the school mascot was chosen by any tribe or member of one. ------- "The term “Red Raiders” for Rutland High School first came into popular use during the 1930s. As I read more about the history of sports mascots across the United States, I learned that many sportswriters began giving schools mascots during the 1930s to make their articles more interesting for their readers and these mascots were later adopted by the schools. As I read articles from the 1930s of the Rutland Daily Herald, it became apparent that local writers fit into this national trend.

What became apparent in reviewing archival material is local sportswriters used racist stereotypes of Indigenous people, especially the image of the “Noble Savage,” to make their articles more interesting to read for their audience. Most people’s understanding of Indigenous people was based on stereotypes and Hollywood movies. Right before local writers began to refer to Rutland as the “Red Raiders,” the film “The Red Raiders” (1927) was released and was screened in several local theaters....The act of scalping was featured in many of these articles. This Native American stereotype reinforces the racist belief that Indigenous people are inherently savage. However, history reveals this practice existed in societies across the world and it was a far more common practice among white colonizers who were offered bounties for Indigenous scalps." https://www.rutlandherald.com/opinion/commentary/cassarino-rutland-red-raiders-origins/article_d7814e57-49d1-55e1-a0e4-5d2fae112966.html This film info as at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018312/ and at https://trakt.tv/movies/the-red-raiders-1927

3. There is an increasing number of minority students attending the school.  Racism, inequality, and lack of policies that support Indigenous Americans should not be tolerated. 

4.  The students themselves should be able to have a contest that they vote on and control, to find another more suitable mascot, theme, and name of the mascot. This can easily be done virtually and/or with safe COVID-19 related safety measures. 

Here is a list of the Rutland High School Yearbooks at this link. https://rutlandhistory.com/rutland-high-school-yearbooks/

Please sign and share this petition to further the cause of changing the mascot even more, and taking the entire connotation of the Native Americans out of the picture of the school mascot business for this upper-grade level school. 

5. School Board Discusses the motion to change the mascot and... It was mentioned that the change would be costly financially.  https://youtu.be/FSsvjXr6Og4

Here are some links with more on this topic. 

1. Students and alumni, (and I myself am an alumnus), want the mascot and name changed. 

https://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/rutland-high-school-re-examines-arrowhead-mascot/

https://vtdigger.org/2020/07/12/rutland-high-school-students-alumni-push-to-change-raider-mascot/

https://www.mynbc5.com/article/community-members-calling-to-change-rutland-high-school-mascot/33301895

https://vtdigger.org/2020/07/15/annabel-bruno-it-really-is-time-to-change-the-rutland-mascot/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_mascot_controversy

2. Vermont (and Rutland) and Indigenous history. 

https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/centralvermont/vhistory1.htm#:~:text=Native%20Americans%2C%20primarily%20from%20the,in%20Vermont%20for%2010%2C000%20years.&text=Fort%20Dummer%2C%20near%20the%20present,permanent%20European%20settlement%20in%20Vermont.

http://www.native-languages.org/vermont.htm

https://vtdigger.org/2019/01/20/europeans-claimed-vermont-plagues-poxes-decimated-native-abenaki/

https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/vermont-finally-recognizes-abenaki

 

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