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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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