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Calif. school board weighs changing Apache mascot

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Updated: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:18:22 EST

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — School officials in Northern California are considering changing the name of a high school's American Indian mascot.

The Vallejo Times Herald (http://bit.ly/181TW1n ) reports district administrators will recommend that the school board approve a name change for Vallejo High's Apache mascot at Wednesday's board meeting.

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

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

The report does not offer a specific replacement for the Apache mascot.

Officials say the school will likely retain its colors even if the board approves the mascot change.

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Information from: Times-Herald, http://www.timesheraldonline.com

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