LANCASTER, N.Y.- At least 500 people attended a rally Tuesday evening at Lancaster High School in support of the school district's controversial 'Redskins' nickname.
The rally occurred ahead of a Lancaster School Board meeting, which many rally goers attended. Supporters of the nickname put up a banner last month advertising the rally.
The debate in Lancaster mirrors the one going on across the country. Native American groups have spoken out against the nickname, most prominently used by the NFL's Washington Redskins, but also used by many high school districts, calling it offensive. Native Americans in Western New York have spoken out against the nickname.
Lancaster High School alumni however say keeping the name preserves the tradition of Lancaster Athletics. During the meeting, a slideshow of former Lancaster athletes was played for the board.