Schuette: Schools with Indian nicknames can't lose state aid

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LANSING – Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Michigan school superintendent has no authority to cut off tax support to school districts in the state with American Indian mascots or logos.

Schuette’s opinion was requested by state Rep. Tim Kelly, a Republican from Saginaw County.

Critics of schools with Indian mascots say they create a hostile environment and are culturally insensitive. But supporters say they’re signs of respect.

In an opinion dated Monday, Schuette says state law lists specific grounds for a superintendent to stop state aid to a school district, but having an Indian mascot isn’t among them.



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