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27Speaks: Native American Names and Imagery for School Mascots Nixed

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27Speaks on May 4, 2023

The New York State Board of Regents voted this month to ban the use of Native American names and imagery for school mascots. Shinnecock Council of Trustees Secretary Germain Smith sits on the Department of Education advisory council to address Indigenous education needs, and he joins the editors on 27Speaks this week to discuss the new mascot ban, why Native Americans like himself advocated for this change and how school districts can more effectively honor Long Island’s Native American people.

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