Indian nicknames

Supporters and opponents of the Paw Paw "Redskins" at a school board meeting in February
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(MPRN-Undated) Many schools in Michigan have grappled with whether they should dump Native American mascots and nicknames. Plenty of things can stand in the way: history, tradition, emotion. But one Michigan tribe wants to make sure money isn’t the barrier to change. 


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Billy Mills says he was innocent and naïve and believed he could win the gold medal in the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Olympics. But few others thought he had a chance. 


Michigan Civil Rights Commission had called for end of Native-American imagery with high school mascots

State Department of Civil Rights has filed a complaint with federal Education Department asking for a ban on Indian nicknames and imagery.

The state Department of Civil rights has filed a complaint with the federal government over schools using American Indian names and mascots.