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High School Drops Redskins Mascot Over Offensive Cries

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GOSHEN, Ind. (CBSDC/AP) — A wooden carving of an American Indian chief representing the Goshen High School’s “Redskins” mascot has been removed temporarily from the school’s gym for the June 9 graduation to avoid offending anyone who finds it objectionable.

The school district released a statement Friday saying the move comes in the wake of stories in early May in The Goshen News about some people finding the name offensive. Last week, 10 members of Congress urged the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans.

Officials in Goshen have looked at the topic before. The release says the district’s athletic council previously recommended the Indian chief logo not be used athletic uniforms and recommended the logo be removed from the gym floor.

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