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.
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.
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