Washington Urges Schools to Get Rid of Native American Mascots

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Monday, October 1, 2012

The Washington State Board of Education wants schools to get rid of Native American mascots.

Their goal? To close what state officials call the "widening gap" between Native American students and white students, King 5 News reports.

"Any little thing we can do to help close this gap is important," said board spokesman Aaron Wyatt.

In the past decade, about 10 schools have given up their Indian mascots. But 50 others, including tribal schools, have kept their nicknames as warriors, braves, redskins and red devils, The Olympian reports.

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