Billboard on I-94 protests Redskins mascot at Michigan high school

PAW PAW, Mich. (WXYZ) - A billboard on I-94 in Kalamazoo County is protesting the mascot of a high school in West Michigan.

WZZM reports that Native Americans are saying Paw Paw High School's Redskins mascot needs to go. 

The billboard is placed along eastbound I-94 near the Paw Paw exit by the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media states that the word Redskin is disparaging, very offensive and should be avoided. 

Native Rights MI, a Facebook group dedicated to Native American rights in Michigan, said in a Facebook post, "We are people, not mascots."

According to WZZM, this is not the first time Paw Paw has dealt with the Redskins controversy. Last year, the school board voted four to three and kept the name despite criticism from local Native American tribes.

 

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