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Native American nicknames are hard to justify in today’s world

Another opinion

February 24, 2013
The Holland Sentinel

The complaint filed last week by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights asking the U.S. Department of Education to bar the use of Indian nicknames and imagery by Michigan high schools is a classic case of government overreaction, an attempt to use legal brute force to solve a problem best addressed by dialogue. But while this isn't one of America's burning issues, it does reflect our attitudes toward race and ethnicity and it definitely merits public debate.



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