Idaho Schools Examining Native American Mascot Names

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Fueled by irritation over Native American-based mascots, two school districts are set to review the history of some North-Central Idaho schools and their use of American Indian slang for mascots.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that both the Lewiston and Nezperce school districts have recently received letters from the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, asking for a full examination of the mascots.

In 1977, the Lewiston School District altered the mascot for Sacajawea Junior High School from "the Savages" to "the Braves," after students offered three alternatives: Trailblazers, Braves and Warriors. But some parents still want the Braves mascot to go away, saying "the image reinforces harmful stereotypes," according to the Tribune.

Meanwhile, the Nezperce High School mascot is "the Indians." Nezperce Superintendent Doug Flaming told the Tribune that his district was "mindful of not hurting the relationship" with the local tribe and is launching a public survey to gauge opinions on the mascot issue.