Town seal of pioneer ‘choking’ Native American finally changed


An upstate town has finally changed its controversial seal — from one that appeared to show a white settler choking a Native American man, to one merely depicting pair in the middle of a wrestling match, according to a report.

The Village of Whitesboro’s revamped logo — long the subject of criticism — also updated the costumes of men to be more historically accurate.

“In addition to enhancing the graphics, the updated seal corrected inaccuracies like the design of the headdress worn by the Oneida and making the attire of our founder more period specific,” the village said in a statement to the Utica-Observor Dispatch.

The logo came under national scrutiny in January last year when “The Daily Show” comedian Jessica Williams visited the town.

“Is that pioneer choking that Native American dude to death or do I have something crazy in my eye?” she said in the January 2016 episode.

Locals had long argued that the logo in fact depicted a real-life “friendly” wrestling match between town founder Hugh White and a Oneida Indian — a fact acknowledged on the show.

Residents voted to keep the original seal after the Comedy Central outrage — but town leaders decided to go ahead and update it anyway.

The Oneida Nation declined to comment to the Associated Press. But Lenape activist Ben Miller — who railed against the old logo on “The Daily Show” — seemed happier with the new look.

“Change is good,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thank you village of whitesboro for listening to my letters and everyone else around the world who seen what could be fixed.”




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