Dartmouth residents voting on future of high school’s Indian logo
The logo has been stirring up controversy for years.
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) — Hundreds of Dartmouth residents coming out to polling centers on Tuesday to vote on the future of the Indian logo at the high school.
The logo has been stirring up controversy for years; some calling it disrespectful, others saying it’s used in honor.
The town has used the logo since 1974 — when it was designed by a member of the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah.
Some like Steve Roberts think it’s time the town follow suit with professional teams that have also changed its branding- like the Washington Redskins.
“I think nationwide that’s been the trend, many states have gotten rid of those,” Roberts said.
Others, like Marion O’Brien say the logo is an important part of history that should not be changed.
“All three of my kids have gone through school. Some may feel that we are degrading them, but I think we are cheering for them because we learned a lot from them,” O’Brien added.
Earlier this year, a member of the Wampanoag tribe told ABC 6 News the logo is used in honor and is not placed anywhere it could be disrespected like on the football field.
Tuesday’s vote is non-binding, meaning even if residents vote to change the logo it will not be an immediate change.