According to Lohud, The New York State Department of Education has directed all schools in the state to change any Native-American nicknames of mascots.

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The paper says that the department is threatening to pull State funding from any school that refuses. According the the LoHud report, the school will hold a December 20th board of education "work session" to talk this over. They made clear the public can attend but there will be no opportunity for public comment.

Mahopac's nickname is the Indians, and they have a choice to make now. Will they, or won't they?

Additionally, do you find the current name to be offensive, or understand how it could offend others?

There are high schools that have already changed their mascots/nicknames and more will follow. In my opinion, it's all a matter of time, there will be holdouts but they will fall like dominoes. The NFL is one team (Chiefs) away from eliminating Native-American mascots/nicknames from it's league. Major League Baseball has the Braves and the NHL has the Blackhawks but they'll all be gone before too long.

P.S. It's my understanding that the decision will impact the entire school district not just the High School.

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