Local schools have changed Indigenous mascots, nicknames
Kathleen Moore reports in the Times Union that all Capital Region school districts are removing mascots and nicknames that refer to Indigenous people. The Mohonasen and Averill Park school districts had resisted but have now dropped their opposition to the state Education Department’s ban on such mascots, which was adopted by the Board of Regents in April. The Mechanicville Central School District has scheduled a special meeting June 21 to vote to retire the nickname. Superintendent Kevin Kolakowski said, “While this change may bring about a sense of uncertainty, it is important to remember that our identity as Mechanicville remains unchanged.... We are a resilient community, and our strength lies in our unity, irrespective of any names or images associated with us.” In 2021, the Coxsackie-Athens Board of Education voted 6 to 3 to retire the Indians as the district’s mascot and team name. Read more about this story in the Times Union.