Native American mascots challenged in Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Board of Education is making another attempt at encouraging Washington schools to replace their Native American mascots.

In the past decade, about 10 schools have given up their Indian mascots. But another 50, including tribal schools, are holding fast to their nicknames as warriors, braves, redskins and red devils.

The state board passed a resolution on Wednesday urging districts to stop using Native American mascots.

But as board spokesman Aaron Wyatt acknowledges, the board does not have the authority to mandate this change. So there are no consequences for schools that do not voluntarily choose a new mascot.

Oregon’s state Board of Education voted in May to ban Native American mascots, nicknames and logos. Schools in that state have five years to comply. Eight Oregon high schools are affected.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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