Wiscasset to vote on high school’s ‘Redskins’ nickname

Posted Feb. 28, 2011, at 8:03 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — Voters in a coastal Maine town are being asked if they want the high school to keep using the “Redskins” moniker for its nickname and mascot.

Tuesday’s nonbinding referendum in Wiscasset is intended to give direction to the school board on how residents feel about the mascot name.

The name has been up for debate since last September, when the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission asked the school to stop using the “Redskin” name because it was considered offensive.

The regional school board, which oversees schools in Wiscasset and seven other towns, has the final say on the matter.

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