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Indian Hills moving away from previous Warrior Logo

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 4:01 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - After seeing the pushback many sports teams across the nation have received for their use of Native Americans in logos and branding, Indian Hills Community College has decided to move away from the old Warrior logo.

Officials from IHCC announced Thursday that both the Ottumwa and Centerville campuses will unite under one name and logo.

“Nationally, there has been great debate over the use of Native American symbolism in athletics. Over the years, we have used this symbolism to represent the Warrior brand. Our leadership team recognizes the use of these symbols were intended to honor the rich Native American history of our region, but have determined it is time to make a change. We look forward to uniting our athletics department and having one brand to represent our nationally recognized programs,” said Indian Hills president, Matt Thompson.

While the school’s 15 athletic teams will still be known as the Warriors, for now, the logo has been changed to more of a gladiator look. IHCC leadership mentioned that by unifying the Centerville and Ottumwa campuses under one team name, it can prevent confusion when speaking with prospective students, athletes, and coaches.

“I’m happy that we worked together to come up with a way to honor the tradition of our nationally recognized athletic department while moving both campuses forward together as one,” said IHCC head basketball coach, Hank Plona.

The new Warrior mascot is still without a name, however. The school says fans can enter suggestions for the new name at www.indianhills.edu/warriors from now until February 4. The winning entry will be announced at the Coaches’ Show on February 23.

The new logo was developed by Rickabaugh Graphics, an Ohio company. Indian Hills officials say they listened to input from several members of the campus community to arrive at this new logo design.

To purchase the new Indian Hills Warrior gear, visit the Indian Hills Bookstore.

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