Maine to Become First State to Ban Native American Mascots in Public Schools
Maine's governor has signed a bill making the state the first to prohibit public schools, colleges and universities from using Native American symbols as mascots. Gov. Jane Mills signed the measure on Thursday and it will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns. "While Indian mascots were often originally chosen to recognize and honor a school's unique connection to Native American communities in Maine, we have heard clearly and unequivocally from Maine tribes that they are a source of pain and anguish," said Mills said in a statement.