Houston schools that use Native American images may change mascots

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Some Houston schools are expected to be changing their team mascots over the next few months, according to the head of HISD.

Last week, State Senator Rodney Ellis wrote a letter to HISD Superintendent Terry Grier asking him to change the mascot for Lamar High School. Ellis said he made the request after meeting with local Native American leaders who are concerned about the Redskins name.

Today, HISD issued the following statement that reads in part, "Superintendent Terry Grier is confident that by the end of this week, HISD will have a new policy that corrects a longstanding wrong -- the use of Native American images as mascots at three schools. He's asking trustees to approve a change in policy that would 'respect cultural differences, values, and attitudes' by placing a ban on mascots or nicknames that use race or ethnicity."

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