Mich. appeals to feds for ban on Native American school team names

02/11/2013 | Detroit Free Press

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights on Friday filed a complaint with the federal government on behalf of current and future American Indian students, asking for a ban on the use of American Indian mascots and nicknames by schools. The complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office on Civil Rights, alleges that the use of these names promotes negative stereotypes and shows insensitivity to American Indian students who are harmed academically. Officials from school districts with such nicknames or mascots say the names represent local history and are not mean to be insensitive to American Indians.

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