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    Framingham Residents Debate Renaming Two Roads

    There's a debate going on in Framingham over whether two streets, Indian Head Road and Indian Head Heights, should be renamed. Some say they should be changed because they are offensive, while others are saying changing their address would be a huge inconvenience.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018)

    In Massachusetts, the Framingham City Council is seeking public input on whether or not they should change the names of two city roads some deem as racially insensitive. The two roads in question are Indian Head Road and Indian Heights.

    The initiative came to the attention of city councilman at Tuesday's council meeting, when a middle school student presented historical references to the roads citing their distasteful origin.

    Framingham City Councilor at-large Cheryl Tully Stoll says changing the name will be up to the voters.

    "I really do believe that it should be the residents making the decision in this community and not a group of eleven of us," Stoll said.

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    Opinions are mixed among those who live on the two streets as to whether their names should change.

    "I'm thrilled because I want to get that off the labels that we put on all our envelopes. It was actually almost a deterrent to buy on this street because Indian Head Road sounds terrible," said Rosalind Gendreau.

    While other residents that spoke with NBC10 say they'd like the name to stay and would rather not deal with changing their mailing address.

    "We're getting so nitpicky on every single issue. It's been Indian Head for as long as it's been here. It's going to be a pain in the neck and I really don't want to go through it," said Lori Horlink.

    City Council will also consider putting up a plaque on the road to honor Native Americans if they don't change the name. Council will revisit the issue at their next meeting on Feb. 20.

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