Shelter Island Retires 'Indians' High School Mascot

Sep 3, 2020

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.