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‘Warriors’ Purge Leaves One Maine High School Still Using American Indian Imagery

The Wells-Ogunquit School Committee voted to ditch Warriors as the high school’s mascot, leaving only one town in Maine using American Indian imagery for its school sports teams.

School officials in Skowhegan, where the high school teams are known as the Indians, refused to discuss the matter with a reporter from the Portland Press Herald who inquired after Wells-Ogunquit ditched Warriors.

The school board in Skowhegan voted 11-9 in May 2015 to keep Indians as the nickname, over pressure from some members of Maine’s Indian tribes.

Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation tribal ambassador and founder of the Notyourmascot Maine Chapter Facebook group, praised Wells-Ogunquit for ditching Warriors earlier this week.

“Skowhegan had the chance to do the same thing and unfortunately they let a loud and vocal minority in the school board and town bully and threaten them into keeping racism and hate alive by keeping the mascot,” Dana said, according to the Portland Press Herald.

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