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Friday, January 5, 2007

Praying Indians chief to address Natick Redmen controversy

NATICK

Since Natick School Committee members said they would consider dropping the Redmen nickname out of concern it could offend Native Americans, many have said they want to know where the local Praying Indians tribe stand.

The tribe has been silent on the issue so far, but Praying Indians Chief Caring Hands tells Globe West that she plans to attend Monday's School Committee meeting to address the matter.

The School Committee plans to vote at its Feb. 26 meeting on whether to keep the nickname and has invited members of the public to weigh in at any of the panel's meetings before that date.

The issue already is the topic of conversation at Natick High School, where many students say they fear ditching the nickname will erase a half century of tradition.

Read more about what Natick students have to say about the Redmen nickname in Sunday's Globe West.

--John C. Drake

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