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Landmark Washington State Rep Says She’s Drafting Mascot Legislation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The first Native American woman elected to the Washington state House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools.

The Northwest News Network reports this has been a goal of Native American leaders, but has new-found momentum after the Washington, DC, NFL football team’s name change.

About two dozen high schools in Washington state still use Native American-related mascots or nicknames — most commonly Indians, Warriors and Braves.

Democratic state Rep. Debra Lekanoff says derogatory nicknames and stereotypical caricatures of Native Americans cause lasting hurt.


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