Four towns in Franklin County are factoring into a decision whether to change the state seal of Massachusetts.
The seal, which depicts an arm holding a sword above the head of a Native American, has existed for over two-hundred years but is considered offensive by some in the Native American community.
State Representative Byron Rushing has filed a bill to form a special commission to look into a possible change.
Residents in Gill, Wendell, New Salem and Orange are scheduled to vote in forums next month to decide if they support the bill.
(Seal provided by Commonwealth of Massachusetts)