Lancaster mascot name debate continues this week

LANCASTER N.Y. (WIVB) – The Lancaster School District on Tuesday will hear from the public on whether it should keep or replace its “Redskins” mascot and nickname. A banner showed up over the business district clearly in support of the name “Redskin”.

A hearing scheduled at Lancaster High School Tuesday is sure to draw a crowd. Before that hearing a rally for people who support keeping the name is set for outside the school.

Rally organizers are flying in two speakers from Connecticut and South Dakota to speak in favor of keeping the name. One organizer told News 4 those speakers reached out to her after hearing the story.

Right now a petition titled “Keep the Redskin Tradition Alive” is about 300 signatures short of its goal. At the bottom it reads “For decades Lancaster has been known as the Lancaster Redskins. Well someone who wants to be politically correct took it too far. This is a mascot of pride, courage, and strength. Keep the tradition alive! Once a Redskin, Always a Redskin!”

Those speakers are supposed to be available to the media tomorrow. The rally is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before the hearing at Lancaster High School. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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