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Panel opts not to change school's Redskins team name, mascot

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  • In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, supporters in favor of keeping the name cheer and wave signs reading "Keep our redskins" during a meeting of the school board branding committee at a middle school in Anderson Township, Ohio. A Cincinnati-area high school whose teams have been called the Redskins for over 80 years will keep that mascot for now after a committee heard debate and decided against recommending any change. It's a recurring fight at Anderson High School. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

    In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, supporters in favor of keeping the name cheer and wave signs reading "Keep our redskins" during a meeting of the school board branding committee at a middle school in Anderson Township, Ohio. A Cincinnati-area high school whose teams have been called the Redskins for over 80 years will keep that mascot for now after a committee heard debate and decided against recommending any change. It's a recurring fight at Anderson High School. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
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  • Committee chair Jim Frooman, third right, listens as Randy Smith makes a statement during a meeting of the school board branding committee at a middle school in Anderson Township, Ohio, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. A Cincinnati-area high school whose teams have been called the Redskins for over 80 years will keep that mascot for now after a committee heard debate and decided against recommending any change. It's a recurring fight at Anderson High School. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

    Committee chair Jim Frooman, third right, listens as Randy Smith makes a statement during a meeting of the school board branding committee at a middle school in Anderson Township, Ohio, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. A Cincinnati-area high school whose teams have been called the Redskins for over 80 years will keep that mascot for now after a committee heard debate and decided against recommending any change. It's a recurring fight at Anderson High School. (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
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CINCINNATI -- In the latest round in a recurring fight, a Cincinnati-area high school whose teams have been called the Redskins for over 80 years will keep that mascot.

A committee heard heated debate and decided against recommending any change of the mascot name at Anderson High School.

People pushing to change the name argue it's offensive and inappropriate to use the racial reference. Advocates of keeping the name contend that it is part of school tradition and that changing the branding would be an unnecessary expense of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The clash echoes debate in professional sports over the NFL's Washington Redskins' moniker and the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo. The Indians' logo is being removed from players' uniforms but not from other merchandise.

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