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Cooperstown school board votes to drop Redskins nickname

Cooperstown school board votes to drop Redskins nickname

Athletes at Cooperstown Central School will no longer take the field as the Redskins.

Athletes at Cooperstown Central School will no longer take the field as the Redskins.

The school board in the upstate New York village voted 6-to-1 Wednesday night to retire the Redskins nickname, which goes back to the 1920s. The vote was prompted by students who found the nickname offensive to American Indians.

Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but it was also the hometown of James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote “The Last of the Mohicans.”

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports that the school has yet to choose a new nickname. Possible replacements include Deerslayers, Hawkeyes and Pathfinders — each name a nod to Cooper’s works.

The official retirement of the Redskins nickname will take place June 30.

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