- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 23, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bill to prevent Maine public schools from using mascots and logos depicting Native Americans has passed the House.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 88-49 largely along party lines Tuesday to recommend the legislation . Democratic Rep. Benjamin Colling’s bill faces further legislative action.

The House passed an amendment to also extend the ban to publicly funded educational institutions like the University of Maine system.

The last high school to use such a mascot in Maine, Skowhegan Area High School, stopped using the mascot last month.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and several tribal leaders have said such mascots harm Native Americans.



Republican lawmakers argued local boards should decide such issues.

A handful of Maine schools had continued to use Native American-themed sports mascots in past years.

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