Iowa city of Indianola to remove Indian head from city logo

July 21, 2020 GMT

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Leaders in the south-central Iowa city of Indianola have approved a measure to remove Native American imagery from its city logo, including from police cars, badges and patches.

The Indianola City Council voted unanimously Monday to remove the depiction of a Native American chief in full feathered headdress, television station KCCI reported.

The move comes as corporations and sports teams around the country face increasing pressure to dump nicknames and depictions that reference American Indians amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice.

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Council members said the logo will be removed immediately, but creating a new logo will take time and cost about $27,000.

The city has had a long-running reckoning with the use of Native American imagery and nicknames. Simpson College, which has a campus in Indianola, dropped the “Redmen” nickname from its sports teams in 1992. More recently, Indianola public schools removed its “Indian head” mascot, but kept the Indians name.