Opinion: Community supports Indians name/logo

Aug 3, 2020

Dartmouth is a great town. It’s filled with good, honorable people. They are not racist. The federally recognized Wampanoag tribe members who authored the logo did not think it was ‘racist’. The name Indians is the federal term used by the U.S. Government as it relates to American Indian tribes and members. It is also the universal term used by native tribes themselves across the nation. The name and logo is not a mascot. Our school department uses our school name and logo respectfully, honorably and with pride. The school committee members have reinforced this. 

The residents of Dartmouth cherish and honor Native American heritage. They want to preserve it, protect it and defend it. Not cancel it. The overwhelming majority in our town love our name and logo because they understand its origin, meaning and history. This issue was discussed and settled last fall. 

2020 has been difficult for everyone, especially our children. Our students, parents and residents deserve better than playing politics. It’s time to unite behind our common values of Dartmouth Pride and love of country. It’s time to focus on educating our children during a pandemic while ensuring the financial house is in order. Anything less is failing our students, parents and the community. End the divisive politics. 

Thank you, 

Chris Pereira