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Updated: 08/10/2014 11:40:06AM

Activist targets VHS’ Indian mascot

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The Venice High Indian logo is prominently displayed on the floor of the new gym. An American Indian activist is asking that the school be made to use a new mascot, saying the Indian is a racist caricature.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE VENICE ARCHIVES

The cover of the 1958 VHS yearbook.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE VENICE ARCHIVES

The cover of the 1974 VHS literary magazine, Tribal Notations.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE VENICE ARCHIVES

Early Wynn, a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer with the Cleveland Indians and two other teams, retired to Venice when his playing career ended and was a supporter of local sports programs. The Cleveland team has also been criticized for its use of a Native American mascot.

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The VHS logo

By BOB MUDGE

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The Indian has been the mascot of Venice High School since before there was a Venice High School, back to the days when it was Venice-Nokomis High.

But a Native American activist from Sarasota who says the VHS Indian is offensive wants the mascot done away with.

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