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Mason City School District to Retire “Mohawk” Mascot

Mohawks is no longer the mascot for the Mason City School District.

The Mason City Board of Education Monday night voted to end almost 100 years of tradition and retire the ‘Mohawk’ mascot and name. The transition process begins Tuesday and the ‘Mohawk’ name, logos, and symbols will no longer be used by the school district going forward. The search for a new mascot is to ramp up in January 2022 and have a new one selected by July 1.

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council of Akwesasne of New York, had recently told the school district it objected to the use of ‘Mohawk” by professional and school athletic teams, calling it offensive and a form of institutional racism.

Also at Monday night’s board meeting, Mason City Superintendent Dave Versteeg announced he will retire at the end of the school year.

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Mark Pitz

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