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Maine school inches toward 'Redskin' mascot change

June 27, 2011

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SANFORD, Maine—The school year is ending, but it'll be fall at the earliest before the Sanford School Committee adopts a new mascot name for the high school.

When September rolls around, Sanford will be the sole Maine community that uses the name "Redskins" for its school sports teams. At one time, several Maine schools called their sports teams Redskins, a moniker native Americans find offensive.

In Sanford, the school committee inched toward change as it heard last week from high school civil rights team leaders about a survey on the high school mascot. The Journal Tribune in Biddeford says team leaders reported the majority of the 448 students, faculty and staff surveyed leaned toward keeping the Redskins name, but about 40 percent were ready for change or at least to talk about it.

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Information from: Journal Tribune, http://www.journaltribune.com