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Akron's campus is near the Tonawanda Band of Senecas' reservation. About 11 percent of students and the majority of the team's lacrosse players are Native American, the superintendent said.
Supporters of the Lancaster Redskins mascot say it was not meant to be malicious and should be preserved as a source of pride in Lancaster sports teams.
"I hope the Native American community understands that while the mascot is still in place at Lancaster High School, we have worked diligently to treat it with respect and honor, removing any stereotypical behaviors and images," his statement said, "and I would implore their patience and understanding as we continue to educate our students and our community."
A similar debate is ongoing surrounding the National Football League's Washington Redskins. Opponents of the Redskins name say it's a slur that mocks Native American culture, and they have protested at games. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.
He said he heard from several community members on the issue following a public forum Monday in Lancaster that drew large numbers of speakers divided over whether that district should replace the Redskins mascot and nickname after more than 60 years.
In a statement,Cheap Jerseys From China Outlet, Vallely said Lancaster, about 15 miles from Akron, "is not a hurtful community" and never intended the mascot to be offensive.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ? A suburban school district with numerous Native American students on Friday canceled a boys' lacrosse game against a district that is debating whether to do away with its Redskins nickname.
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"Over the past few days, we've been having some productive and enlightening conversations within our district,Wholesale Jerseys," Shanley said, leading to the decision to cancel the non-league lacrosse game.
Akron School Superintendent Kevin Shanley said the decision to cancel the Akron Tigers' March 31 varsity game against the Lancaster Redskins was made in support of Native Americans who view the rival team's nickname as offensive,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale.
"Lancaster Central School District certainly respects the diverse views of others," Lancaster Superintendent Michael Vallely said. "Specifically, students in a neighboring school district who have decided to take a stand against a mascot they, themselves, find to be offensive and derogatory in nature."
Shanley said the lacrosse game is the only scheduled contest between the schools, which are in different classifications.
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