Criticized Native American Name to Stay on Community Water Tank in Utah

Aug 2, 2019

A painted image of a Native American and the name “Redmen” will remain as a city marker in a southern Utah town despite a decision to change the high-school mascot that inspired it.

In this Friday Jan. 11, 2019 photo, a water tank sits above Cedar City, Utah, with the Redmen mascot of Cedar High School displayed on it. The painted image of a Native American and the name "Redmen" will remain as a city marker in the southern Utah town despite a decision to change the high-school mascot that inspired it.
Credit (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

The Spectrum newspaper reports the Cedar City council approved the measure this week with a four-to-one-vote. Councilman R. Scott Phillips says he voted against it because he was uncomfortable acting on a school district issue. His colleague Paul Cozzens says being “offended at everything” is a “disease we have in this country.”

The team name at Cedar High School was changed in February after critics said it was racist and shouldn’t be celebrated.

City officials say they have not received any requests to remove an Indian Chief image that was painted in the 1970’s.