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INDIANAPOLIS – The push to rename the Washington Redskins could have also have implications here in Central Indiana, where a local high school uses the same name.

Across the state, a handful of schools still use the name, and now one state school board member is calling for a name change.

“(It’s) high time any Indiana K-12 school (with the) ‘Redskins’ mascot retire it,” said state board member Gordon Hendry, who also called the name ‘offensive & inappropriate, lacking honor, respect & dignity.’

Emmerich Manual High School has used the name for years, but some say it’s time to find a new nickname for the school’s athletic teams.

Ashley Holland works at the Eiteljorg Museum, and she’s also an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She says it’s flat out offensive, whether it’s a pro team or high school using the name.

“If someone would refer to me by the R-word, I would be highly offended,” said Holland. “It’s very bothersome when I see someone wearing a T-shirt with that word on it, it’s something that causes a very visceral reaction for me.”

But some of the school’s alumni want to see the school keep the name.

“I think it’s a great honor,” said alumnus Gordon Durnil. “I’m proud to be a Manual Redskin.”

A school official at Manual told FOX59 he has not received any complaints about the name this year, but he says he did get a phone call about it last year.

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