- Associated Press - Saturday, June 3, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - A bill that would ban the use of Native American mascots in public schools in Massachusetts is heading to a public hearing.

The bill defines a Native American mascot as a “name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian tribe, individual, custom, or tradition that is used by a public school as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead, or team name.”

The bill gives specific examples, including “Indians,” ”Indianettes,” ”Chieftains” and “Braves.”

The bill would prohibit the use of any Native American mascot by a Massachusetts public school.

The bill will be heard a 10 a.m. hearing Tuesday by the Legislature’s Education Committee at the Statehouse.

Earlier this year, the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee voted to drop Indians as the mascot for Turners Falls High School.

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