POSTED: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 8:23am
DONNA, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Redskins name stirs up a lot of feelings around the country. The professional football team in the nation's capital is hearing calls to change what some people consider to be a racist name.
In Donna, it's mostly uncontroversial.
"We certainly respect everybody's views in regards to the Redskin name, but as far as our school district, our level, that has not gotten to us whatsoever," Donna ISD assistant Superintendent Fernando Castillo said.
Donna High School has been the Redskins for nearly a century. The school district says that if forced to legally, it would change the name. But there are no plans to.
The Lipan Apache Tribe of Native Americans based out of the Rio Grande Valley said in an email: "The Tribe does not have an opinion on this issue. Opinions on whether the school's team name is appropriate will vary among our general council members and our members.
There may be pressure for the Washington Redskins to change its team name, but many people in Donna don't want the Redskins name changed. They've grown up with it and identify with the Native American aspect of it.
All four middle schools have a Native American theme, including Veterans Middle School, who are the Warriors. And the brand new high school, Donna North, has a mascot of the Chiefs.
"We take a lot of pride in it, i've never seen it in a racist type of way, never in a bad way," said Frankie Guerra, a Donna High alum. "It symbolizes where I'm from... I grew up with the Donna Redskins, it should be like that forever."