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The "Redskins" debate rages on in Lancaster

Credit Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

The Lancaster School Board once again found itself dealing with arguments surrounding its controversial "Redskins" mascot at the board's regular meeting last night.

There was nothing listed on the agenda for the meeting, which started at 7pm with discussion of education topics. At 11:30pm, everyone gave up after more than three hours of debate and discussion on the future of the Redskins mascot.

Many Native American speakers attacked the name as racist, insulting and wrong.

Kelly Depczynski didn't agree as she told the crowd, "We will not let others define us. We know who we are. We define ourselves. We are the mighty Redskins. Redskins know how to stand tall for what we believe in, what is fair and what is right."

Supporters of the nickname seem entrenched in the audience, even though many say the school board has already made the decision to get rid of the name.

Board President Kenneth Graber denies a decision has already been made.

Lancaster Superintendent Michael Vallely was criticized by supporters of the mascot for what they viewed as  stacking a public meeting a week ago with opponents of the name and not allowing a balancing number of supporters to take part.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.