North Hills proposes to discontinue use of the Indian Chief’s logo and continue to use the name

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For years, the issue of Native American names and images used by sports teams as mascots has been the subject of growing controversy.

The latest is the North Hills School District Indians. Officials have been talking about changing the mascot since June. In a 7-2 vote, the district proposed to stop using the Indian Chief logo but continue to use “Indians” for sports teams.

At Thursday’s school board meeting, the North Hills School District offered a resolution, which it sees as a compromise. If adopted, the sports teams would still be called the “Indians”, but the mascot would change to something else.

The council said it made the decision after careful consideration of community feedback at a town hall meeting earlier this summer.

On Friday, KDKA-TV met with several parents from the district as well as members of the community. They remain as divided as the school board, which voted 7-2 to move the resolution to next month’s meeting.

“I don’t know if it’s disrespectful or not because I’m not Native American, but personally I don’t think it is,” Don Wright said. “So it’s not a big deal for me.”

“I think they should change them because a lot of people are getting real, especially this new generation, they’re getting really offended with everything that’s going on and how things are being said now,” Lucretia Thompson said.

This resolution will be voted for approval at next month’s committee meeting on October 6th. If passed, a decision would be made as to what the new mascot would be.

Elsewhere, the Penn Hills School District continues to debate changing its Indian mascot, and the Seneca Valley School Board decided last year to stop using its Native American mascot while keeping the “Raiders” name.

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