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Minnesota tribes reject use of bison as Rochester school mascot, but provide little context

ROCHESTER — The tribal nations that rejected Rochester Public Schools’ exemption request that would have allowed Dakota Middle School to keep its bison mascot provided little context for doing so.

The school recently announced it would have to change its mascot under new state legislation that prohibits schools from using American Indian imagery for such purposes.

The legislation, however, allows schools to continue using American Indian-focused imagery if they receive an exemption from the state’s tribal communities. The school district received responses from four tribes, as well as the Tribal Nations Education Committee.


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