Massachusetts bill would ban Native American school mascots
BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools in Massachusetts is heading to a public hearing.
The bill defines a Native American mascot as a "name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian tribe, individual, custom, or tradition that is used by a public school as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead, or team name."
The bill gives specific examples, including "Indians," ''Indianettes," ''Chieftains" and "Braves."
The bill would prohibit the use of any Native American mascot by a Massachusetts public school.
The bill will be heard a 10 a.m. hearing Tuesday by the Legislature's Education Committee at the Statehouse.
Earlier this year, the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee voted to drop Indians as the mascot for Turners Falls High School.