Belding school board unanimously votes to remove ‘Redskins’ mascot

Belding High School.

Belding High School.

BELDING, Mich. — The Belding Area Schools Board of Education unanimously voted Monday night to drop their controversial Redskins team name.

The meeting was called after outcry from the Native American community, who say the “Redskins” name is derogatory. The board has had several committee meetings and has heard from several local tribes. One of them, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, visited the school to educate parents on the origin of the “Redskins” name and why as a mascot they feel it’s offensive.

Unlike past meetings where there were some fireworks between parents on both sides of the issue, only one parent spoke Monday and ultimately said they would support whatever direction the school chooses.

The board and the superintendent will now work with the administration and the community to decide what team name to adopt and begin the transition away from the “Redskins.”

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3 comments

  • Bud

    Pretty pathetic article – absolutely NO information on why Native Americans feel the term “Redskins” is derogatory or where the term came from. Other Native Americans have no problem with the term “Redskins”. Just another Politically Correct action that makes absolutely no sense.

  • gobluespartyon

    Finger Of Shame to Belding school board that clearly supports PC Culture & Madness Redskin isn’t a racial slur which the board doesn’t get and are wrong. If I lived Belding I would vote the school board since there spineless idiots & morons.

  • Bob Wheeler

    Political correctness raising it’s ugly head again! People are being killed all over the world in the name of a false religion. Children are not eating daily here in the U.S. Veterans are living in alley ways in box’s and getting no quality health care. Babies being aborted because people can’t control their own behavior. But thank goodness we’re not offending two or three self righteous people with no idea what’s right or wrong. Pitiful.