Maine To Ban Indigenous Names, Imagery for Public School Mascots

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Protesters at the Change the Mascot Rally on November 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (Shutterstock.com)

Maine moved one step closer to banning the use of Native American names and imagery for its public school mascots on April 29.

A Democratic-sponsored bill passed along party lines in a 88-49 vote in the Maine House of Representatives. The bill, introduced by Representative Ben Collings (D-Portland), would ban public schools and higher education institutions from using Native American names, symbols, or images as their mascot, team nickname, or school logo, The Bangor Daily News reported.

Collings’ bill follows a Skowhegan School Board vote in March to get rid of Skowhegan’s “Indian” nickname. The board voted 14-9 to get rid of the imagery and name but did not establish a timeline as to when it would happen.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) applauded the school district and Maine, which would be…

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