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Vallejo school board weighs changing Apache mascot

5:54 PM, Nov 18, 2013   |    comments
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VALLEJO, CA (AP) - School officials in Northern California are considering changing the name of a high school's American Indian mascot. 

The Vallejo Times Herald reports district administrators will recommend that the school board approve a name change for Vallejo High's Apache mascot at Wednesday's board meeting.

The mascot has been a long source of tension between people who believe the name honors the Apache and those who feel it is offensive to American Indians.

A staff report by Vallejo City Unified School District says the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recommends avoiding the use of Native American images and nicknames.

The report does not offer a specific replacement for the Apache mascot.

Officials say the school will likely retain its colors even if the board approves the mascot change.

The Associated Press

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