Keller, Texas – It’s Time For A Change 6

I am a resident of Keller, Texas.  This is a fantastic place to live and raise a family.  Keller was recently voted one of the best cities in America to live, and I couldn’t agree more.  I do, however, have a bone to pick with the city and school district that should be remedied.  It may seem like a small issue, but it bothers me as well as some of our neighbors who are very involved in our community and the school district.

Keller has an old historic water tower that sits at a major intersection.  On the water tower is:  “Keller Home of the Indians.”  This is in reference to Keller High School.  It’s 2010.  We should not have a high school with a mascot named “Indians.”  We’re a progressive community that doesn’t need to have a name and mascot that has been deemed offensive by most other communities and institutions.  There are laws in place in some states that prohibit mascot names that promote stereotypes or discrimination.  For the purposes of this discussion, there are currently four high schools in Keller.  Keller is no longer just the home of the Indians, but also the Chargers, Falcons, and Panthers.

This may seem like a small issue, but it is really about a community growing and understanding what that means.  This historic water tower sits in the Keller Veterans Memorial Park.  The memorial includes the names of area veterans, a sculpture, flags, and engraved stones.  It is a nice place for reflection.  A place dedicated to veterans who have defended the freedom of the citizens of the United States should not promote an antiquated school mascot.

Citizens and elected officials of Keller, the time is now to make a positive change for our community.  We are a diverse yet unified community that — together — can accomplish anything.  I am proud to be a resident and proud for my children to grow up in such a fine community.  Why do we have a word on our town water tower that, when taken out of context, is offensive to some of our community members?  I’m not looking forward to the day when I have to explain this to my children.  We’re better than this.  I’d even volunteer to go up to the top and repaint if I wasn’t so afraid of heights.

As a degreed historian, my love of history runs deep.  The purpose of studying history is to learn from the past.  It’s time to move on for the greater good.  And, we need some new art up there anyway.  Let’s see some mascots!  Note the plural.

6 thoughts on “Keller, Texas – It’s Time For A Change

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  2. Reply Tj Oct 13,2012 3:17 pm

    Wrong! The tower is a wonderful reminder of our past. We must stop seeing discrimination around every corner. Regarding what other communities think-so what? I find it appalling that someone who professes to love history would propose such a thing.

    How can, “Keller Indians” be offensive? The name was selected to honor the great people of this area?

    Let’s stop, “Progressiveness” and accept, honor and keep the memory of the wonderful people of the Indian nation!

  3. Reply Kevin Senne Nov 9,2012 1:21 pm

    The word “Indian” and a mascot for a high school sports team is no kind of reminder of the past. Where in Keller can I go to learn about the history of Native Americans? The answer is nowhere. This isn’t about discrimination, it is about respect.

  4. Reply Jacob Mar 1,2015 10:44 pm

    My family and I were looking into moving to the area. We liked Keller and their town and school ranking, but because WE ARE Native Americans, we will live in Roanoake or Wataugua(not Keller ISD) just because of the mascot. “Home of the Indians”? My 11yr old son said “that’s crap dad”.

  5. Reply Edwina Oct 3,2015 9:24 am

    I am of Native American heritage. The Indians were a strong brave people who had to fight to survive on the land. I believe it is an honor to have Keller’s mascot named after the Indians. It is a part of our history and it would be a shame to have that erased. In our society’s strive to be so PC, we are forgetting some heritage, our history. Indians are strong and brave! GO KELLER INDIANS!!!

  6. Reply Cherokee mom Sep 1,2016 11:08 pm

    Just because some “Indians” support the mascot does not mean it is not disrespectful. Many women choose to support sexist stereotypes and degradation.
    It’s sad that my daughter, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is “learning” about her heritage from this high school. We should have taught her more. Now she does the Tomahawk Chop with the rest of the band. So sad.

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