State: Drop Mascots or No Funding

Targets schools with Native American team names

The New York State Education Department said Nov. 17 that schools which continue using Native American mascots after the 2022-23 academic year without approval from a tribe risk losing state aid.

Ketcham Indians

A Ketcham logo

In the Hudson Valley, only Mahopac High School and Ketcham High School in Wappingers continue to use the name Indians.

Facing criticism, the Mahopac district announced in 2019 that it had no plans to change the name, saying the town historian had concluded “that the descendants of the Algonquin people in fact appreciated and took great pride in the district using the nickname.”

Many schools across the state that used Indians have recently changed their mascots. In Westchester, John Jay-Cross River became the Wolves, Ossining became The Pride and Roosevelt High School became the Sharks. In Rockland, Nyack became the RedHawks.

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