Lancaster Schools to hold forum to discuss controversial "redskins" mascot

Mar 3, 2015

Lancaster School District officials are slated to hold a forum Tuesday night inviting public comment about its controversial mascot.

Banner over Central Avenue in Lancaster in support of keeping the name.
Credit Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

The school has has been known as the Lancaster Redskins for the last 67 years.

Opponents of the mascot argue the name is offensive to Native Americans. Supporters contend the name is a school tradition and have the backing of several native Americans, one who was flown in for tonight's forum from South Dakota.

WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Hilary Weaver, DSW, a Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and former President of Native American Community Services about the mascot.

Supporters of the name have scheduled a rally at 6:30 p.m. with the school forum set for 7 p.m. at the Lancaster High School.