Unless we're willing to ask approval from the families of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Mckinley, John Adams, Roosevelt, Harding and others, to use their names for our schools, I think we can keep our long and proud tradition using the Mohawk mascot and name for out sports teams without consulting the Mohawk Nation.
Mason City teams have been the Mohawks with little or no objection until now, when a local minister has decided to seek publicity and attention. She says it's been on her mind for a long time. My suggestion would be for her to consider her flock and spend more time thinking about how she could serve them and do something useful, something to help those in need.
I really don't think the Mohawk Nation minds having a small school in Iowa that chooses to honor their tribe by claiming their traditional courage and honor as an object of respect and aspiration.
Thomas Frank, Mason City