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WA Considering To Ban Certain Public School Mascots

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By Brittany Cooper

Seattle, Washington (KOMO) A change could be coming to public school mascots in Washington State.

The Seattle Human Rights Commission passed a resolution that would bar schools from using Native American symbols as their namesakes.

Critics say using native symbols could be offensive and cause self–esteem issues among Native American teens.

This proposal is similar to a ban in neighboring Oregon.

Schools in that state now have five years to phase out Native American mascots.

Members of the Seattle Commission say they are looking for a legislator to sponsor the bill for the ban.

More than 30 schools in the state of Washington reference Native American culture in their mascot names.


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