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UPDATE: Marion Board of Education votes against ‘Mavericks’ as new mascot

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UPDATE (April 12):

Mavericks will not be the new mascot in Marion. In a 5 to 2 vote Monday, the Marion Board of Education voted to not keep Mavericks due to the name's tie to a slave owner.

The mascot name was derived from Samuel Maverick, an 1800s Texas rancher. However, when it became known that Maverick owned slaves, the district asked the board to reexamine that decision.

The mascot committee will meet to discuss the next plans of the process to choose a new mascot in a meeting Wednesday.

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MARION, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Marion Independent School District announced it is looking to reverse its decision to adopt the 'Mavericks' mascot and will continue to discuss options for a new mascot.

On Feb. 22, the school board for the district voted to change the district's mascot from the Indians to the Mavericks starting in July.

The district said in a statement released Friday that since then, they were informed that the origin of the term 'Maverick' is from Samuel A. Maverick, an early 1800s Texas rancher and slave owner.

"The name was originally selected as an option due to the definition of an independent thinker, which is directly derived from Samuel Maverick who refused to brand his cattle," the district said. "As a district, our pursuit of a new mascot has been with the intent of selecting something our students and community are able to proudly celebrate."

Going forward, during the board meeting on Monday, March 8, the district will recommend the board to not adopt the 'Marion Mavericks' mascot and will discuss pursuing other options.

Previous mascot finalists aside from 'Mavericks' were 'Red Wolves' or 'Red Storm.'

In the statement, the district apologized for the initial mascot decision.

"We are sincerely sorry that we did not find this information prior to a recommendation to our Board, and understand this decision has an impact on our MISD students and community.  Marion Independent remains committed to selecting a team name/mascot that will proudly serve our community today and into our future."

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