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.
High time that any Indiana K-12 school w/ "Redskins" mascot retire it. Offensive & inappropriate & lacking honor, respect & dignity. #INSBOE
— Gordon Hendry (@GordonHendry) June 19, 2014
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.