As an enrolled member of the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe and a lifelong resident of Coweta County, the recent anonymous Sound Off submissions calling for a change of the team name at East Coweta High School immediately caught my attention.
I conducted a bit of unscientific research, including speaking with several students at East Coweta, to determine how “Indians” were depicted during games, pep rallies and other functions. I determined that “Indians” are respectfully honored and reflect the courage and tenacity of our ancestors and the young athletes playing under this name.
I found no insulting, cartoonish or comical characters used in any way, as is the case with some professional teams. The depiction of “Princess Senoya” is also very respectful and attractive and is in no way insulting to the Lower Muskogee Creeks, nor should it be to any others. The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe is a state of Georgia recognized Tribe of People. Its members are mostly remnants of the Lower Creeks who avoided removal through a number of tactics and is the Tribe most closely associated with this area. Our Chief and our Tribal Clan Mother are of Coweta Town, one of the entities included in the Lower Creek group of Tribes. A discussion with Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe Principal Chief Vonnie McCormick, TAMA Tribal Town, Whigham, GA, confirmed that the Tribe is in no way offended, and that East Coweta should continue to honor our ancestors and their athletes with a respectful and dignified use of the traditional team name and symbols. They are offending no one. To the students, coaches and athletes of East Coweta, we say “Go You Indians!” Jim Grubbs
Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe