Village Changing Logo That Was Object of Jokes


The upstate village of Whitesboro has confirmed that it will change its official logo a day after the image, which appears to show a white man grabbing an Indian by the neck, was ridiculed on a national comedy show.

Officials of the village and the nearby Oneida Indian Nation will meet to discuss creation of a new image.

The announcement came after the comedy show aired a segment Thursday that was filmed on Jan. 11, when villagers decided in a non-binding vote to keep the traditional logo for its historic value. The show suggested several alternatives, including a white man and an Indian apparently dancing and a white settler and an Indian beating up a British soldier.

O’Connor said the long-time village seal shows a historic wrestling match between village founder Hugh White and an Oneida Indian that figured into good relations between early settlers and the Oneidas.