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James Fenimore Cooper's hometown school retires Redskins nickname; students found it offensive

Athletes in James Fenimore Cooper's hometown will no longer take the field as the Redskins.

The school board in the upstate New York village of Cooperstown voted 6-to-1 Wednesday night to retire the nickname, which goes back to the 1920s. The vote was prompted by Cooperstown Central School students who found it offensive to American Indians.

Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. But it was also the hometown of Cooper, who wrote "The Last of the Mohicans" and whose father settled the town.

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports (http://bit.ly/XY8AMe ) that the school has yet to choose a new nickname. Possible replacements include Deerslayers, Hawkeyes and Pathfinders — each a nod to Cooper's works.

The Redskins nickname will be retired in June.

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