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Tulare high school abandons fight for Redskins mascot name

Tulare Union High prominently displays a mural of an American Indianat the front of the school.
Tulare Union High prominently displays a mural of an American Indianat the front of the school. lgriswold@fresnobee.com

The Tulare Joint Union High School District is giving up its Redskins team mascot.

The district announced this week that it will form a committee to select a new mascot for its high school, ending a battle to keep Redskins in the wake of state legislation banning the use of that term.

The school board at its Feb. 4 meeting approved the formation of a committee to choose a new mascot. The board will select from a list of finalists by the end of June.

The move comes after the passage of Assembly Bill 30, which outlawed the Redskins name and gave schools until Jan. 1, 2017 to choose a new one.

In September, the district enlisted the help of the Tule River tribe to lobby against AB 30. The bill passed in October.

Tulare Union is asking for volunteers for the new committee, which will consist of community members, alumnae, local Native American tribe members, parents, staff and students. Anyone interested in participating is asked to call Tulare Union High School at 559-686-4761 or email Jennie Daniels at jennie.daniels@tjuhsd.org.

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