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Shelter Island Retires 'Indians' High School Mascot

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The Shelter Island Board of Education on Long Island has voted to retire its high school’s mascot “the Indians.” The school has used the image of a Native American since 1970.

Opponents of the mascot say the use of the name and icon is racially insensitive and offensive.

In July, a former student started an online petition. More than 1,000 people have signed the petition, calling for the change.

Board members say they are still in the process of choosing a new name and mascot.

Clare is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.