native american mascots

Supporters and opponents of the Paw Paw "Redskins" at a school board meeting in February
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

(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. 


Supporters and opponents of the Paw Paw "Redskins" at a school board meeting in February
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Paw Paw’s public school district has decided to retain a controversial Native American-themed mascot, and might use it even more than it does now.

School board members voted 4 to 3 Wednesday to continue using the “Redskins” name and logo for high school sports teams. It will also allow younger students’ teams to use the name.

Meetings about the issue drew large crowds; hundreds packed a high school auditorium for the final vote.

(MPRN-Lansing) Schools may be changing their Native American mascots in the near future. That’s thanks to an amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) and the State of Michigan. 

Saugatuck Representative Bob Genetski co-sponsoring bill that would create fund for schools that have to change Native-American mascots