Stop using American Indian mascots?

A New Jersey Congressman as proposed a bill that would allow the federal government pay schools to stop using nicknames, mascots or logos it considers derogatory.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-NJ, wants to expunge references to American Indians and envisions a grant program that would give schools money to buy new uniforms and repaint walls.

John Norwood, a councilman of the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Tribal Nation, supports the bill. “It’s an awful thing to go to school and see a caricature of your people.”

The four names Pallone’s bill classifies as derogatory are Braves, Chiefs, Indians, and Redskins.

Pallone, the vice chair of the Native American caucus in the House, launched a virtually identical bill in 2002. It never saw a vote.

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