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QUESTION: Should Clover Park High Change its Mascot's Name?

The state Board of Education is encouraging all Washington schools to replace Native American mascots, according to The Associated Press. That includes the Warriors in Lakewood. We ask you, Patch users, do you think the mascot should be replaced?

QUESTION: Should the Clover Park High take up the state Board of Education's recommendation and change the name of its mascot, the Warrior?

The Associated Press is reporting that the state Board of Education is encouraging all schools with Native American names to replace them.

The state board passed a resolution on Wednesday urging districts to stop using Native American mascots, the AP reported via The Seattle Times:

In the past decade, about 10 schools have given up their Indian mascots. But another 50, including tribal schools, are holding fast to their nicknames as warriors, braves, redskins and red devils.

In Lakewood, the mascot of one of its major high schools - Clover Park - is the Warriors.

The board can't require schools to change their mascots, but it is strongly encouraged, in part, to change any negative perceptions of Native Americans.

Nothing has come up formally among the Clover Park School District to change the name. We know there is a lot of history and tradition behind the name, so we put the question to you, Patch users.

Should the Clover Park High take up the state Board of Education's recommendation and change the name of its mascot, the Warrior? Tell us in the comments below.

John Arbeeny October 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Yep! PC run amok. Something is always going to be offensive to somebody. Allegedly the reason behind this push for mascot changes is that 50% of Native Americans don't graduate from HS: a "factoid" I can't confirm. Just how will a mascot name change increase their graduation rate given that most schools do not have Native American related mascots? Pretty far fetched. Like most PC, this is about a vocal minority pushing around a compacent majority: rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. It's all about power. What's so insidious about PC is that it replaces logical thinking about real problems with emotional "feel good" about non-problems and nothing of importance gets changed.
Dennis Bauer October 01, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I don't see it as PC at all. I see it as PW ...Political Wrongness. What are they thinking down there in Olympialand? To take a term of respect, a character quality to be admired and attained, that comes from a people group ...how is that a bad thing? I wish I was Indian (sorry ...Native American) so I could claim to be a Warrior! Where does it stop? Seahawks ...bad birds for being strong and ferocious. Mariners ...bad people for discovering America. Lancers ...bad knights for sticking it to people. Please use common sense, board of educators. Wait! Bad term, "educators" ...implies a group of people (helpless children, no less!) who are substandard in knowledge, sets up an upper class of those with expertise and superior knowledge, harms the self-respect and dignity of those lesser, intellectually-challenged folks who need what the superior class, the "educators," have. Would that our Board of Education was less board and more Warrior!
Patsy St.Germain October 02, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I'am an Indian, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe and I live in Lakewood and my daughter graduated from Clover Park. I do not think the name "Warriors" is a bad or derogatory term. I also went to school in Cle Elum with the Cle Elum Warriors as our team and I'am very proud that our teams are chosen to represent the fighting spirit of a Warrior. I hope it never gets changed!! Very proud to be an Indian and a "Warrior".
John W. October 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Why do we need to be concerned what Clover Park does with the name of their mascot. it's in Lakewood, not U.P.
Chelsea Dingman October 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Thats right! We do stand strong! #Proud To Be A Warrior!

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