Two Franklin County towns support an investigation of the state seal and flag

Franklin County

The 238-year-old state seal features a Native American with a bow and arrow, and a disembodied arm holding a sword above his head. 

State Representative Byron Rushing filed a bill to have a special commission investigate the state seal and recommend changes. Rushing says the image is offensive to Native Americans.

Gill residents voted on “Article 26” at their annual Town Meeting at the Gill Town Hall. The majority approved the article, but there were some people who questioned how the state would pay to change the state seal. 

“I certainly can see something like this being into the hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more,” said Ray Purington, Administrative Assistant for the town of Gill. “Imagine every state building you go by, a number of places that seal appears.”

The state seal can be seen on the State Police logo and Gill Police officers’ uniforms.

“It does clearly appear on the police department uniform multiple times normally our badge and collar pins as well,” said Sgt. Jason Bassett of the Gill Police Department.

Purington told 22News the Town Clerk will provide the results of the vote to the House Ways and Means Committee, where Rushing’s bill currently sits. 

Orange voters approved Rushing’s bill at their Town Meeting last night, but the rejected a town ban on plastic bags.

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