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High School mascot controversy looms in Hurricane, WV

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Hurricane High School is home of the Redskins. That mascot is now causing controversy. Hurricane High School is home of the Redskins. That mascot is now causing controversy.
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HURRICANE, WV - A recent NFL controversy with the Washington Redskins leaves one local high school ready to fight for their mascot. That school is Hurricane High in Putnam County, a place full of spirit surrounded by a community beaming with pride.

Not many in the Hurricane community connect their tomahawk toting mascot with a racial slur, but Native American activist groups across the country see things a little bit differently. These groups have been trying to rid the term Redskins from the public eye because of its hurtful meaning to Native Americans.

Principal Chief of the Native American Indian Foundation of West Virginia, David Cremeans, tells us about the terms hurtful past. "It has always been used with a negative intent" he goes on to say that "we don't believe that these high schools sat down to pick a mascot that has a negative meaning, but one that is strong and represents the school".

He says his local group here in West Virginia doesn't take any offense to the redskin mascot, but looks at is as a way to reach out to the community and embrace Native American culture. 

While some may find the redskins mascot offensive or racist, those who support the school say they look at it as a symbol of pride. The Athletic Director at HHS says "we have never heard anything negative about it, its always been the redskins play the generals or the dots or whoever, it has always been a positive thing". If the school was asked to change its mascot the community is willing to fight for their longstanding tradition.

At this point the school has not been asked to change its mascot. Hurricane High School is one of 62 schools in 22 states that continues to root for the redskins.