Connecticut towns could lose casino money if schools keep Native American mascots
Some Connecticut communities could lose out on their share of a multimillion-dollar grant from the state’s casino fund unless their public schools stop using Native American nicknames or mascots.
A provision in the 837-page budget implementer bill that is on its way to Gov. Ned Lamont after clearing the state legislature would bar the communities from receiving money from The Mashantucket Pequot/Mohegan Fund, which comes from the tribal casinos that operate in the state.
The fund distributed more than $51 million to most of the state’s 169 municipalities in the 2021 fiscal year, according to the state’s Office of Policy and Management.
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