Developing Glens Falls’ New Mascot: Timeline and Process

timeline showing development of new mascot process, activities, and datesNYSED has ordered all school districts in the state to remove the “Indian” mascot and associated icons (the arrowhead included) from the public school system. 

Specifically, the order states, “​​the court’s decision establishes that public school districts are prohibited from utilizing Native American mascots. Arguments that community members support the use of such imagery or that it is ‘respectful’ to Native Americans are no longer tenable.” The directive goes on to state that “should a district fail to affirmatively commit to replacing its Native American team name, logo, and/or imagery by the end of the 2022-23 school year, it may be in willful violation of the Dignity Act. The penalties for such a violation include the removal of school officers and the withholding of State Aid.”

screen shot of one of the slides presented at the Board of Education meeting Dec. 12, 2022- showing pages of the 1970 yearbook highlighting "Tom Two Arrows" of hte Iroquois, Onondaga Nation
Click above for the presentation slides from Dec. 12, 2022
screen grab of one slide within the board of education update slides
Click above for the presentation slides from the Jan. 9, 2023 Board of Education meeting