Cooperstown school adopts Hawkeyes as new nickname

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April 30, 2013

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Athletes in James Fenimore Cooper's upstate New York hometown will take the field as the Hawkeyes after dropping the long-standing nickname Redskins.

Local media outlets report that the school board in the village of Cooperstown voted for the change last week after Hawkeyes topped a survey of potential replacements referring to the author's works, including Deerslayers and Pathfinders.

Hawkeye was a nickname of "Natty" Bumppo, the hero of Coopers' series "Leatherstocking Tales."

Dropping the nickname that dated back to the 1920s was prompted by Cooperstown Central School students who found it offensive to American Indians.

Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. But it was also the hometown of Cooper, who wrote "The Last of the Mohicans."

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