Michigan’s Attorney General has weighed in on the school mascot issue.
Attorney General Bill Schuette says the state can’t withhold money from schools that use Native American mascots or logos.
Last February, the State Superintendent asked Schuette to weigh in on the issue.
Native American groups have spoken out against mascots like the Redskins and the Chippewas. They say the mascots are offensive and make Native American students uncomfortable.
In the opinion, Schuette says there’s no rule or portion of the school code that lets the Superintendent keep money from schools as a penalty for their mascot.
Two schools in Michigan recently reviewed their Native American mascot. One school board opted to change it while the other decided to keep it.