WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Northwest Catholic High School has changed its mascot and team name to “Lions” from “Indians” to be more racially sensitive.
School officials announced the decision Thursday. They said momentum for changing the nickname has been growing for the past several years.
David Eustis, president and chief administrator, says officials decided the “Indians” nickname, which has been used since 1964, was insensitive to Native Americans and did not represent the school’s core values that include diversity.
The move was praised by the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media. It said it hopes other schools will follow.
The Hartford Courant reports that 21 state high schools in Connecticut use Native American-related nicknames, including eight that call themselves Indians.
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