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Public schools in California will soon be prohibited from using the name “Redskins” as a team name or mascot, according to the Los Angeles Times. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday banning the term that many Native Americans regard as offensive.
Starting Jan. 1, 2017, all California public schools must refrain from using the word “Redskins.” The legislation by assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) affects four high schools in California that use the name as their team or mascot, the Los Angeles Times reports. The schools are located in the Tulare, Merced, Calaveras and Madera counties, making California the first state to ban such use of the name.
Gov. Brown also vetoed a measure that bans public property from being named after Confederate leaders.
Efforts have been previously made for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change his team’s controversial name which has sparked a large debate. The NFL team’s trademark was canceled by a federal judge.
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