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Lancaster Schools to hold forum to discuss controversial "redskins" mascot

Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

Lancaster School District officials are slated to hold a forum Tuesday night inviting public comment about its controversial mascot.

The school has has been known as the Lancaster Redskins for the last 67 years.

Opponents of the mascot argue the name is offensive to Native Americans. Supporters contend the name is a school tradition and have the backing of several native Americans, one who was flown in for tonight's forum from South Dakota.

WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Hilary Weaver, DSW, a Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and former President of Native American Community Services about the mascot.

Supporters of the name have scheduled a rally at 6:30 p.m. with the school forum set for 7 p.m. at the Lancaster High School.

Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.