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Lancaster Redskins Nickname Stripped as School Board Booed

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 11:34 AM

The Lancaster Redskins are no more after a New York school district voted unanimously to rid its sports teams of their Redskins nickname and mascot, all while getting booed by many in a crowd of more than 500 at Monday's school board meeting.

Some in the crowd started chanting "Let's go Redskins. Let's go," before the board voted on a resolution by Lancaster superintendent Michael J. Vallely to end the use of the Redskins nickname, reported the Buffalo News.

"Being a Redskin is a feeling, one of strength, honor and utmost respect," Kelly Depczynski, a 1993 graduate of Lancaster, told The New York Times a week before the board meeting. "This is our town. We will not let others define us. We know who we are. We are the mighty Redskins."

The sentiments didn't sway the board during what the Buffalo News described as an emotionally-charged 45-minute meeting led by pro-Redskins supporters who urged the board to keep the nickname.

"The district has given this resolution careful consideration as we recognize traditions are often hard to leave behind," said Vallely. "However, we need to rethink traditions when they become hurtful and perceived as disrespectful toward others, even unintentionally."

Several Native Americans thanked Vallely after the vote, noted the News.

"We took it step by step," Al Parker, a spokesman for the Tonawanda Seneca Nation told the News. "They're going in the right direction. It's a big step. Having three districts boycott games boosted things along. We did not approach them, but it was kind of a shot in the arm. Bang, bang, bang."

Lancaster school board president Kenneth Graber said the felt the name was offensive and the time had come to move away from it, according to WGRZ-TV.

"People, ethics and perceptions evolve," Graber said. "What was acceptable 70 years ago clearly is not acceptable today."

Board members told the television station that boycotts by Akron, Lake Shore and Niagara-Wheatfield school districts against playing Lancaster schools played a role in their decision. Those schools, which have significant Native American populations, decided to boycott Lancaster as long as the name was in place, noted WGRZ-TV.

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The Lancaster Redskins are no more after a New York school district voted unanimously to rid its sports teams of their Redskins nickname and mascot, all while getting booed by many in a crowd of more than 500 at Monday's school board meeting.
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