LANSING, MI (WTVB) - An effort by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to do away with Indian Mascots in high school, such as the Tekonsha and Athens Indians, has been rejected the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Civil Rights. 35 Michigan School Districts have Indian mascots, whether it’s the Braves, the Chief or the Redskins, it was alleged that it had a negative academic impact on Native American students. But the Federal Office say the State had not provided any specific examples that proved their point. To the contrary, schools choose their Mascots to celebrate or respect a community’s heritage.
The Michigan Department of Civil rights could appeal. They could seek legislative help, but many legislators have been critical of the complaint. They could work district by district to change the names but that would be a slow and wrenching process. They are said to be mulling over their options.