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Cooperstown school dropping Redskins nickname

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— The school in the upstate New York hometown of the author of “The Last of the Mohicans” is dropping its Redskins nickname.

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports that middle and high school students in Cooperstown voted earlier this week to replace the nickname that goes back to the 1920s.

The top vote-getters for a new nickname include Deerslayers, Hawkeyes and Pathfinders, the names of characters in some of the frontier novels written in the 19th century by James Fenimore Cooper, who was raised in the upstate village founded by his father.

The board’s president says they will ultimately decide on the new nickname.

The name change proposal was brought to the board and school administrators by students who said they found the Redskins nickname offensive to American Indians.



February 7, 2013
12:25 p.m.

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I've been to quite a few reservations over the years for work and other reasons. Favorite NFL team on the Rez........Redskins

February 7, 2013
10:50 p.m.

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The same crew of nit wits that support this stuff are the same people who think similar to the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) who demand that the religious holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas be repealed and that a world peace day be substituted for it to be celebrated on the third Sunday in December annually. Furthermore, these idiots want the UN to enforce it. This is the kind of mindless ignorance that is fueling these protests. If these people dislike this country and its traditions then I say go and move to North Korea where you can celebrate whatever holidays of pagan ritualism that you want.

February 8, 2013
7:19 a.m.

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Another stupid "pc" decision.........maybe they should look into changing the name "Mohonasen", which is the combination of Indian tribe names, and how about the "mighty warriors" nickname that should go too..........I'm spent. :(