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Alabama high school apologizes for 'Trail of Tears' reference

Nov. 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM   |   Comments

MCCALLA, Ala., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- An apology was made for homemade sign referring to the forcible removal of Indians' "Trail of Tears" banner displayed at an Alabama high school football game.

The sign, reading, "Hey Indians, get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears Round 2" at a game in McCalla, Ala., between McAdory High School and Pinson Valley High School during the weekend.

Pinson Valley employs the word "Indians" as its mascot and the banner is a reference to the U.S. Government's forcible removal of the Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek and Choctaw tribes from the southeast to the west in the 1830s, the news website al.com reported Monday.

Writing on the McAdory High School website, Principal Tod Humphries said he accepts "full responsibility that arrangements were not made to have the sign pre-approved before the ball game."

He added the sign "was not condoned by the school administration, the Jefferson County Board of Education or the community," and offered "sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation's past forever."

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