Scowling Indian mascot deemed offensive

Carpenteria, California (AP) 10-08

Carpinteria High School’s scowling warrior mascot is apparently doomed.

The school district’s 15-member Native American Imagery Committee decided Oct. 23 that the school board should get rid of the warrior face on letterman jacket patches and football helmets because they could be offensive.

Committee member Wally Burquez says “it came down to the scowl on the Indian’s face.”

The school board decided in April to keep the school’s Warrior team name but said paintings, logos, murals and other images depicting the school’s American Indian mascot must go.

The decision was based on a complaint from a student member of the Chumash tribe who complained the mascot perpetuates stereotypes and offensive to Native Americans.