Call to Retire ‘Shelter Island Indians’ at High School

Some Shelter Island residents are renewing a call to discontinue the high school moniker, the Indians, while others are making a push to hold onto what they say is a tradition that honors Native Americans.

Earlier this week, Lisa Kaasik, a Shelter Island School alumna, started an online petition to ask the Shelter Island School Board to “change the mascot and eliminate the stereotypes displayed around the school and on its website.” The island was first occupied by the Manhanset tribe more than 4,000 years ago.

In four days, nearly 1,200 people have virtually signed the petition.

Call to Retire ‘Shelter Island Indians’ at High School

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