Maine Senate passes bill to ban Native American school mascots

May 2, 2019 | Portland Press Herald

The Maine Senate voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would prohibit public schools and colleges from using depictions of Native Americans in mascots, logos or nicknames.

Four Republican members of the Senate joined 19 Democrats in giving preliminary approval to a bill that aims to avoid the type of divisive debate seen in Skowhegan and several other Maine communities in recent years. All 10 votes opposing the bill were cast by Republicans, some of whom argued the measure violated Maine’s tradition of “local control.”

While the bill faces additional procedural votes, it appears destined for Gov. Janet Mills’ desk based on last week’s initial approval in the Maine House. Mills is expected to sign the measure into law.

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