Seneca Indian Nation Approves Use of "Warriors" Mascot Amid New York's Statewide Ban
May 19, 2023
SALAMANCA, NY -The Seneca Indian Nation gave approval yesterday to allow a local public school district on their land to continue to use its "Warriors" name and imagery.
The approval comes a month after the New York Board of Regents voted to ban public schools across the state from using Native or Indigenous nicknames, and imagery unless schools receive written approval from any of the state's federally recognized tribes.
"The regulations recently approved by the New York State Board of Regents and our history of co-existence with Salamanca gave us much to consider," said Seneca Indian Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. in a statement on Wednesday. "Respect for Native people and our history should always be the expectation, not the exception - in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in society.