By Jonathan Olsen-Koziol
Cheney Free Press 

Blackhawks mascot likely to change

School Board discusses preliminary alterations


Last updated 12/9/2021 at 11:11am

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Cheney School District Superintendent Rob Roettger and the School Board began preliminary discussions about changing Blackhawks imagery during a meeting last week in the Sunset Elementary School gymnasium.

The possible change is due to a House Bill 1356 that passed last year restricting the use of American Indian mascots and logos without consent of a neighboring tribe.

The Blackhawks mascot honors Sauk tribal member Black Hawk, who fought alongside the British in the War of 1812 against the U.S. He later ignited the Black Hawk War of 1832 because he believed his tribe’...

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