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MPRN: Lawmakers want state to ax Indian mascot complaint





"Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have some harsh words for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

During a budget hearing today, state Representative Anthony Forlini , said the department has no business filing a complaint with the federal government against Michigan schools.

“Where does it stop? I mean if you’ve got, for instance, an eagle, which is an endangered species, can you imagine the guilt of a team that beats a team that’s named after an endangered species? You can go on and on with this.”

Department representative Leslee Fritz, says there are studies that show the mascots and nicknames hurt American Indian student performance."

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Reps want Michigan department to end American Indian mascot complaint (Michigan Public Radio Network 2/12)