SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - The debate over the Skowhegan High School’s Indians mascot isn’t going away, as evidenced by a pair of Columbus Day rallies.
A group that opposes the Indian mascot is holding Skowhegan Indigenous Peoples Day at Lake George Regional Park in Canaan. Supporters of the Indian nickname are rallying in front of the Skowhegan Indian statue.
Native American groups led by the Penobscot Indian Nation have vowed to continue to keep up pressure after a vote by the school board earlier this year to keep the Indian mascot.
Skowhegan High School is the last school in the state to have a name considered offensive to American Indians. Others have changed their nicknames. High schools in Scarborough, Wiscasset, Old Town and Sanford all dropped their “Redskin” and “Indian” mascots.
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