Mason City School Board votes to change mascot

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 7:24 PM CST
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MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) – Monday night the Mason City School Board voted to change the district’s “Mohawks” mascot. The vote was unanimous. The mascot has been used by the school for nearly 100 years.

Starting Tuesday the school district will start taking down some of the Mohawks mascot imagery. Mason City Schools will also not be ordering any more Mohawks memorabilia.

The decision stems from tribes asking the school to remove the mascot. The Meskwaki Tribe has called on more than 60 schools in Iowa, including Mason City, to change their school mascots.

In the letter the tribe sent to the schools, it states “The will of Indian Country is clear — Native ‘themed’ mascots and the dehumanizing stereotypes they perpetuate must go.”

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has also called on the district to end the name and imagery along with it.

Discussions on the school’s nickname and logo had previously been tabled by the board.

The Mason City Superintendent says the district will soon begin discussions towards a new mascot. Students will be involved in this discussion. A new mascot is predicted to be named spring 2022.

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