Santaluces coach stands behind 'Chiefs' name

LANTANA, Fla. - Since Santaluces High School opened in the early 80s, they've been the Chiefs, and they're sticking to it.  

Coach Darryl Drinkwater says a national discussion over the Washington Redskins name has not changed their pride in the words, "Go Chiefs."  

"We want to play hard, be people who stand our ground and fight for what we believe in, just what we think a Chief would have done," he said.  

Six years ago, players even designed a spear that has the words, "Unity," "Team," and "Passion."  

It is given to the player they judge to be the best of the week.  "It gives everything meaning," said Drinkwater.  

A member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida told us in a statement it is not making mascots an issue.  

"A  lot worse things have happened, like genocide and land loss," said Timmy Tiger. "We are worried about preserving what we have left."  

"There's a lot of other things going on in the world, the country right now, other than an NFL franchise's team name. I think he hit it on the head," said Drinkwater.  

In fact, when you're talking about Native Americans, you are talking about "Drinkwater's" own ancestors. His great grandpa was a native who lived in Florida.  

"I'm proud to have Native American in my family," he said. "I think that it's important to look at what is the purpose of having the name. If it's a positive thing, I think you should be proud of it."  

An assistant principal who has been at the school since it opened says she cannot remember a single complaint about the Chiefs nickname.

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