Cape school district drops Indian mascot, symbols

Orleans, Massachusetts (AP)

The Indian that’s long been the Nauset Regional School District’s mascot has been dumped.

But the board at the Cape Cod school district has decided to preserve the name, “The Nauset Warriors.”

The board’s vote during March came after a member of the board and residents expressed concern about the mascot and Indian imagery, which they said was offensive.

Some residents said the mascot should be preserved, calling it a longtime source of local pride.

The 6-3 vote eliminated the mascot and also removed any Indian imagery from the district’s symbols.

The board’s student representative, Meaghan O’Connor, said students favored the compromise.

The district includes the towns of Brewster, Eastham, Orleans and Wellfleet.