Killingly is the latest high school to consider changing its nickname, according to reports in the Norwich Bulletin.
Killingly has used the Redmen as its nickname for about seven decades.
The Board of Education voted at the end of June to ask the Nipmuc Tribe if it finds the Redmen name and logo offensive. If it does, the board will have the name and all corresponding logos removed from the school and uniforms.
The Bulletin reported a 2016 memo from the Nipmuc tribe quotes leadership stating the “use of ethnic-related sports team mascots, symbols and nicknames has to stop.”
The Bulletin stated the Superintendent of Schools is hopeful for a decision from the Nipmuc tribe by the end of this month.
Prior to the Board of Education meeting,The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation told the Bulletin it does not support continued use of the Redmen nickname at Killingly as a sports mascot.
A statement sent to the Bulletin by Angelina Casanova-Bell, the National Legislative Affairs manager for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said that the tribe “applauds the efforts of the Killingly High School students who pushed to have the derogatory ‘Redmen’ mascot removed from representing their school.”
The Bulletin reported a student group at the school conducted a survey of students and faculty about the use of the nickname. A total of 439 students voted and 258, or nearly 59 percent, voted to keep the Redmen name. There were 38 staff members who voted and 58 percent voted to change the name.
The Manchester Board of Education voted last month to change its mascot and nickname from Indians to Red Hawks. Manchester was known as the Indians for 70 years.