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Calif. School Considers Changing Name Of American Indian Mascot

Reported by: Send eMail Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 18, 2013 9:12 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 18, 2013 9:18 AM EST

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Vallejo, Calif.

School officials in Northern California are considering changing the name of a high school's American Indian mascot.

The Vallejo Times Herald reported district administrators will recommend that the school board approve a name change for Vallejo High's Apache mascot at Wednesday's board meeting.

The mascot has been a long source of tension between people who believe the name honors the Apache and those who feel it is offensive to American Indians.

A staff report by Vallejo City Unified School District said the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recommends avoiding the use of Native American images and nicknames.

The report does not offer a specific replacement for the Apache mascot.

Officials said the school will likely retain its colors even if the board approves the mascot change.

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