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Feb 10, 2011 12:59 AM by Jay Kohn - Q2 News

Red Lodge school trustees say it's time to drop Redskins nickname

RED LODGE - The Red Lodge School Board decided Wednesday night to set a special meeting next Tuesday, at which time trustees will decide the future of the town's controversial mascot and high school nickname "the Redskins."

The board did not take action on the nickname, but indicated it will vote to retire the name Redskins.

"It looked as though they came to consensus," said Mark Brajcich, Red Lodge schools superintendent. " But they're going to set a special meeting for next Tuesday for the official vote. And if the vote is to change the mascot, which it looked to be, they'll figure out the process in how to proceed."

One trustee said a decision has to be made. another trustee said he heard convicting testimony and Red Lodge High School can not continue to call itself the Redskins.

Wednesday night the board heard from more than 30 people, who voiced their opinion about the Redskins name. While some felt the name was offensive, others said it represented the history of the town, and honored the state's Native Americans.

A letter from the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe urged the board to do away with the controversial nickname.

The final decision will come next Tuesday at a special board meeting set for 7pm, where it appears likely the mascot will be retired as a majority of the board members voiced a need for something new.

Q2's David Jay was in attendance at Wednesday night's meeting in Red Lodge and will bring you more on Montana This Morning on Thursday.


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