Dartmouth residents vote to keep ‘Dartmouth Indian’ logo
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) — Dartmouth residents voted Tuesday through referendum to determine the fate of the controversial high school logo.
The total votes in favor of keeping the “Dartmouth Indian” was 4,048. The number against keeping it was 969.
The Dartmouth Indians logo was designed by Clyde Andrews, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, in 1974.
Sean Carney, Andrews nephew and fellow member of the tribe, explained why he believes the school uses the logo with honor.
“You don’t see it at half court, you don’t see it at the 50-yard line, you don’t see it in the end zone, you don’t see it anywhere it would be stepped on,” Carney continued. “When you wear that Indian logo on a your football helmet, just by putting that on you’re not being held to a higher standard. When you’re wearing that logo, we expect you to lose with grace, and win with dignity.”
Others felt differently, like Megan ‘Running Dear’ Page of the Pocasset Wampanoag tribe.
“As a tribe with past and present ties to Dartmouth, we the Pocasset are asking that the Dartmouth Indian logo be removed,” Page said. “For us, this is about so much more than a logo or mascot. Its use to Dartmouth High School is to symbolize the strength of the sports teams, the warrior strength. We feel that the Dartmouth Green Indian head doesn’t represent who we are, what we have been through, or the challenges the indigenous people still face.”
The total number of voters was 5,017.
This is a non-binding referendum, meaning this result will go to the school committee to gauge the publics opinion on the matter and then voted in committee on April 25.