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Wed., Jan. 22, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

Trib: Time To Deal With ‘Maniacs’?

In 1977, the people running Lewiston schools dropped the repulsive "Savages" as Sacajawea Junior High School's mascot and adopted in its place the "Braves." Considering the times, it might have sounded like an improvement. Back then, you could order breakfast in a restaurant called Sambos. With rare exceptions, network television was virtually all white. If you saw a racial or ethnic minority, often as not it was a caricature. And remember the sexist airline ads? How about "I'm Cheryl. Fly Me!"? Sambos long ago served its last plate of pancakes. The nation looks a little more like itself on television. Long ago, the "fly me" ad campaign flew away. But the Sacajawea Braves remain -- as do the Orofino Maniacs and the Nezperce High School Indians. For now. But for how long?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune Editorial Board. More here.

Question: I thought Orofino picked its mascot name from a fan who said that the players were playing like "maniacs." The nearby mental institutions, of course, provide another possible meaning for the mascot. Is it time to do away with the Orofino Maniac mascot?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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