Board to rec­om­mend chang­ing high school’s Apaches nick­name

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VALLEJO | School of­fi­cials in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia are con­sid­er­ing chang­ing the name of a high school’s Amer­i­can In­dian mas­cot.

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

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

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

The re­port does not of­fer a spe­cific re­place­ment for the Apache mas­cot. Of­fi­cials say the school likely will re­tain its col­ors even if the board ap­proves the mas­cot change.

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