Indiana Schools Keeping Redskins Nickname


The Knox Redskins have no plans to change their nickname any time soon. The school corporation has used the nickname since the 1890s. Superintendent A.J. Gappa is quoted in a Network Indiana story as saying “at this point, there has been no conversation about changing it at all.”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week canceled the trademark used by the NFL’s Washington Redskins because “a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term Redskins to be offensive.” The team plans to appeal the decision. The office does not have the authority to ban them from using the nickname. Knox is one of four schools in Indiana that use Redskins as a nickname or mascot. A spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Community Schools says there are no plans for Northside High School to drop the nickname. Teams at Goshen High School and Manuel High School in Indianapolis are also known as the Redskins.