Whitesboro, N.Y. residents to vote on controversial village seal

Posted at 4:01 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 16:46:04-05

WHITESBORO, N.Y.— A central New York village will let voters decide whether to keep the longtime village seal that has been called offensive to Native Americans.

Whitesboro’s seal appears to show a white settler choking a Native American. An online petition over the summer called for the seal to be changed, saying it was disrespectful to Native Americans.

The village website says the emblem dates back to the early 1900s and actually depicts a friendly wrestling match between village founder Hugh White and “an Oneida Indian of rather athletic form.” It says White won the match and the good will of the Oneidas.

A vote scheduled for Monday evening at the village office will let residents decide whether to keep the emblem or change it.