Indian Chief Sculpture Can Stay at Carpinteria H.S.

After a year of contentious meetings at Carpinteria High School over Native American imagery on the campus, the school board voted Tuesday night to keep most of the Indian themes.

The debate started when a student member of the Chumash tribe complained last year that the mascot perpetuates stereotypes and is offensive to Native Americans.

The board already had decided that the glowering red Indian caricatures on athletic patches and a cartoonish Indian head profile on floor mats should be banned.

But the board rejected other proposals by the advisory committee to remove a sculpture of a Plains Indian chief from the parking lot and a canoe and arrowheads from the district's logo.

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