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ACLU calls for Skowhegan to drop 'Indian' mascot

There are fresh calls for Skowhegan to move on from its controversial “Indian” mascot. (WGME)

SKOWHEGAN (WGME) – There are fresh calls for Skowhegan to move on from its controversial “Indian” mascot.

They voted to keep the name in 2015.

Skowhegan's school board was recently notified the ACLU of Maine would be joining advocates calling for the retirement of the “Indian” mascot. Thursday night, dozens from near and far packed the board meeting in support of removing it.

Many at the meeting said the “Indian” mascot destroys their dignity and heritage.

The ACLU recently announced they are pushing for a name change, but not everyone is on board.

David Grace graduated from Skowhegan High and says the debate isn't healthy for the community.

“We've pretty much taken everything out that you asked us three years ago. And we added a bunch of things to the educational system that personally myself have went through,” Grace said.

In recent years, several Maine schools have dropped Native American imagery.

Skowhegan Area High School is the last high school in the state with an “Indian” mascot.

The board voted to hold an open forum for everyone to speak on Tuesday January 8 at 6 p.m. Officials say no decision will be made at that meeting.

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