Originally Posted by ScottXray
How the heck is "Pioneer" offensive to Native Americans? Because they were here First? ( they were present, but the first White man in an area can be a Pioneer whether they are offended or not) . Frankly it is going overboard, and they should read a dictionary as to the meaning of the word.
A person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.
Develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity).
pathfinder - initiator - trailblazer
I don't know if they will change the name... just switching the mascot from Denver Boone to Elk, Jackelope or Mountain Climber. If their name is Pioneer, they should have a Pioneer mascot.
I would not be opposed to a compromise... change the name from "Denver Boone" to "Denver Pioneer" and get rid of the racoon hat... everything else the same.