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      American Indian mascot complaint dismissed by federal officials

      A federal agency has dismissed a complaint seeking to ban the use of American Indian mascots in Michigan's K-12 schools.


      A federal agency has dismissed a complaint seeking to ban the use of American Indian mascots in Michigan's K-12 schools.



      In February, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights cited

      35 Michigan school districts

      for discrimination, saying their mascots reinforce stereotypes and hurt American Indian students' self-esteem and learning.


      The schools in northern Michigan cited in the complaint include: Cheboygan Area School District, Chippewa Hills School District and Morley Stanwood Community Schools.



      However, the

      U.S. Education Department's Office

      of Civil Rights denied the state's complaint last week. Federal officials say Michigan officials provided no specific examples of racial incidents or American Indian students suffering specific harm because of the reported discrimination.


      The state civil rights department said Monday it's disappointed by the ruling and is considering its options.


      Michigan's complaint to the federal government has drawn criticism from Republican lawmakers who say it was misguided and done without input from communities.



      The full list of schools cited by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights are below:


      Athens Area Schools




      Bay City Public Schools



      Belding Area Schools



      Birmingham Brother Rice



      Woodhaven Brownstown School District



      Camden-Frontier School District



      Capac Community Schools



      Cheboygan Area School District



      Chesaning Union Schools



      Chippewa Valley Schools



      Clinton Community Schools



      Dowagiac Union Schools



      Gladstone Area Public Schools



      Grass Lake Community Schools



      Hartford Public Schools



      North Huron School District



      JW Sexton High School, Lansing School District



      Marquette Area Public Schools



      Morley Stanwood Community Schools



      Huron School District



      Tahquamenon Area Schools



      Paw Paw Public School District



      Plymouth-Canton Community Schools



      Port Huron Area School District



      Chippewa Hills School District



      Sandusky Community Schools



      Saranac Community Schools



      Saugatuck Public Schools



      Tawas Area Schools



      Tecumseh Public Schools



      Tekonsha Community Schools



      Utica Community Schools



      Walled Lake Consolidated School District



      White Cloud School District



      White Pigeon Community Schools

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