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Maine Native Americans Try to Persuade Town to Drop Team Name

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Representatives of four Maine Indian tribes will meet with members of the Skowhegan school board to try to persuade them to drop "Indians" as the town's high school team name.

Members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac tribes are scheduled to meet with a school board subcommittee on Monday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Skowhegan Area Middle School.

The Morning Sentinel reports that supporters of keeping the team name will hold a silent protest outside the school at 5:15 p.m.

Barry Dana of Solon, former chief of the Penobscot nation, says that using Indian images as mascots, logos and nicknames does nothing to honor Indian ancestry.

The school board has no vote scheduled on changing the team's name. 

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