- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

WOONSOCKET, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota high school is reconsidering its “Redmen” nickname after a state activities association discussed a measure to encourage school boards to leave behind references to Native American names and imagery.

Woonsocket High School will discuss the resolution at a school board meeting Monday, the Mitchell Daily Republic (http://bit.ly/1iJTjiI ) reported. The high school uses the name as its school mascot and as the nickname for its cross-country team.

Woonsocket Superintendent, Principal and Activities Director Rod Weber said the school’s connection to the nickname has lessened recently and that students and the community will be involved in any changes that occur. The school uses a different name for most shared sports and activities.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association discussed the resolution at its November meeting, but the group didn’t immediately take any action. The measure could be further considered in January.

Association Board Member Roger Bordeaux brought the measure forward. He cited academic studies in the proposal that say Native American-related nicknames result in lower self-esteem and decreased views of students’ potential.

“Mainly, it’s bringing consciousness on the effects of mascots and imagery,” Bordeaux said.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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