But making a name change, as some are asking Nauset to do, is another matter. And resistance is often strong. Last year Natick High School agreed to drop the name “Redmen” and replace it with one that wasn’t racially offensive. A committee came up with a new name but, since it was done without public input, it opened the door, once more. Doug Flutie, one of Natick High’s most celebrated alumni, weighed in on the issue, coming out in support of the retaining the name “Redmen.” Flutie was quoted in The Boston Globe as blaming “one squeaky wheel” for the change and advising, “people should stop walking on eggshells.” He wasn’t alone. A petition signed by 1,800 Natick voters called for a town vote as to whether or not to keep the name and the school’s headdress-wearing Indian symbol.
Below: Another "redmen" mascot--this one for the Kinston Indians.