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WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about American Indian nicknames at District of Columbia public schools, The Associated Press, relying on information from the D.C. Council and public school officials,…
WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about American Indian nicknames at District of Columbia public schools, The Associated Press, relying on information from the D.C. Council and public school officials, reported erroneously that five schools would be forced to change their nicknames if the council approved a bill banning racially based nicknames and mascots. Two schools would be forced to change their names, not five.
A corrected version of the story is below:
DC considers ban on American Indian nicknames
DC Council to consider banning nicknames referring to American Indians at city’s schools
By BEN NUCKOLS
WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council will consider banning racially based nicknames for public schools in the nation’s capital.
Democratic Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced a bill Tuesday that would force two schools in the District of Columbia to change nicknames referring to American Indians.
McDuffie says the council should continue to push the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name. He and other District leaders say the name is offensive. And McDuffie says there’s an “air of hypocrisy” to the city’s efforts as long as it continues to permit racially based nicknames, logos and mascots.
A spokeswoman for the city’s public schools says officials are reviewing the bill “and will decide appropriate next steps accordingly.”
The bill would create an exemption for schools that establish an agreement with a recognized American Indian tribe.
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