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DC High Schools Consider Ban On American Indian Nicknames

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council will consider banning racially based nicknames for public schools in the nation's capital.

Democratic Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced a bill Tuesday that would force five schools in the District of Columbia to change nicknames referring to American Indians.

McDuffie says the council should continue to push the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their name. He and other District leaders say the name is offensive. And McDuffie says there's an "air of hypocrisy" to the city's efforts as long as it continues to permit racially based nicknames, logos and mascots.

A spokeswoman for the city's public schools says officials are reviewing the bill "and will decide appropriate next steps accordingly."

The bill would create an exemption for schools that establish an agreement with a recognized American Indian tribe.

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