Before and After  - Village of Whitesboro Seal updated in 2017
On January 11, 2016 the village of Whitesboro residents voted 157-55 to keep the seal that seems to depict a white man choking or strangling a Native American.

Village officials claim the seal depicts a friendly wrestling match between Hugh White, the town’s founder, and a member of the local Oneida tribe. Some have called the logo “racist” and “offensive,” prompting residents to consider several new images as a possible replacement.

Daily Show reporter Jessica Williams learned that in 1999 the village of Whitesboro had wanted to change the seal but no alternative submissions were received. Students studying Communications Design under Professor Cindiana Koren at PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, NY created visual responses to the controversy. Marina Richmond took the project a step further by collaborating with the Mayor's office and conducting historical research to preserve the identity of both parties to provide a more suitable seal.

As a biracial artist it was important for me to preserve the identity of both parties, especially for such a joyous story of alliance and friendship. It was a great opportunity to work with the Village of Whitesboro and the Oneida Indian Nation to recreate that moment as accurately as possible.
 – Marina Richmond, new seal designer