Changing Manhattan High School mascot could cost $318K

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A district official says changing Manhattan High School’s Indians mascot could cost $318,000.

The Manhattan Mercury reports that Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 assistant superintendent Eric Reid prepared a cost estimate for the possibility of changing the mascot that some have said is disrespectful to Native American culture.

According to Reid’s analysis, costs include $40,000 to change the turf at the school’s stadium and $55,000 for new football team uniforms. Other costs would come from changing the uniforms of other sports teams and signage using the mascot.

Members of Reimage MHK, the advocacy group pushing for the change of the mascot, say they’re working to raise money to offset the cost.

The school board is scheduled to consider the matter during its Dec. 7 meeting.


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