Indian team names at issue in Maine symposium

The Associated Press
Posted May 14, 2010, at 11:06 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The use of Indian nicknames for sports teams will be the topic of a symposium in Bangor.

The free symposium will feature panels including representatives from Maine’s four Native American tribes, media representatives, school administrators, students and community members.

The event will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday at the Bangor Public Library.

In April, 2001, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recommended that all non-Native American schools drop their Native American mascots or nicknames. The commission declared that their use encourages biases and prejudices that have a negative effect on contemporary Indian people.

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