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Community outcry prompts E. Idaho school district to slow move away from ‘Redskins’ mascot

After a community outcry, an eastern Idaho school district is delaying its transition away from its “Redskins” school mascot, the AP reports. In the wake of a Monday public hearing on the plan, Driggs school Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme says he needs more time to work with school administrators and patrons on the transition; that means the mascot will remain for the upcoming school year. On Monday, nearly 170 residents attended a three-hour public hearing. Of the 67 people who testified, only three supported the mascot change and two more were neutral, with the majority urging to keep the name in a nod to school tradition and school pride. A “Save the Redskins” Facebook page has attracted 1,279 followers and an online petition to save the mascot on Change.org had collected 628 signatures by Tuesday. Meanwhile, Shoshone-Bannock tribal leaders called the name disrespectful and offensive. Click below for a full report from the AP.

New interior secretary reaches out to tribes

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sally Jewell made an emotional pledge in her first address to Indian Country as the 51st U.S. Interior secretary, saying she'll help right past wrongs against Native Americans and work with tribes “nation-to-nation” to protect their sovereignty. Jewell fought back tears and paused to compose herself during remarks Thursday in Reno, Nev., to about 300 delegates of the National Congress of American Indians. The casino-ballroom audience gave her a standing ovation. The ex-outdoor retail executive from Seattle became secretary in April. She told delegates the U.S. government doesn't have a proud legacy when it comes to upholding promises to native people. She said she cannot “reverse all of that” in four years, but she is determined to make important progress and help tribes become more economically independent.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter Scott Sonner.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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