HARTFORD, Mich. (AP) — Two more Michigan school districts are dropping Indian nicknames and images.
Saranac in Ionia County and Hartford in Van Buren County are the latest to make the change.READ MORE: Michigan Drivers To Recieve $400 Refund Checks Per Vehicle In 2022, Whitmer Says
Hartford Superintendent Kelly Millin said the district, known as the Indians, was greatly influenced by members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. The Indian mascot will no longer be used by the end of the school year.
“What once served as a representation for culture, no longer carries the same point of pride for all that see it, and we have been asked to change our Native American logo and mascot,” Millin said in a letter to the community.READ MORE: Consumers Energy Sued For $50M Over Deadly Flint House Explosion
The Saranac school board last week voted to “respectfully retire the Redskin mascot.”
Camden-Frontier schools in Hillsdale County and the Sandusky district in Sanilac County still call themselves Redskins, MLive.com reported.
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