Missouri town divided by move to change its ‘Savages’ mascot

SAVANNAH, Mo. – A nearly all-white northwest Missouri town is divided over an effort to change its high school’s “Savages’’mascot that depicts a Native American amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice. The high school had a “Savannah Savages’’ mascot since at least 1926 and the name and the image of a Native American are emblazoned around the community. Savannah, a town of about 5,000 residents about 65 miles (104.61 kilometres) north of Kansas City, was built on land that once belonged to several Native American tribes. “You literally can’t miss it if you drive through town. It’s everywhere,’’ said Savannah High School graduate Amanda Barr, who started a petition to change the name in response to racial injustice protests that have spurred other towns and sports teams to…

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