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Enforce the dress code and prohibit Native mascots from Montgomery County Public Schools

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The Washington DC NFL franchise trademark was invalidated due to its inherent offensiveness.  The name of the team is a well known slur for Native Americans and the logo is the stereotyped image of a Plains Indian.

On September 11, 2015 I dropped off my kindergartner at Highland Elementary School and was greeted by the principal and several staff members wearing merchandise from the DC NFL team.  A hallway bulletin board inside welcomed students back to school with the team pennant, logo and name and several classrooms have the teams flag on display. 

It is well documented that Native mascots detrimentally impact both Native and non-Native students.   I testified to the MCPS Board of Education on Tuesday October 13 requesting that the Board reconsider the existing county dress code for both students and staff given the federal court ruling and my experience with my child's principal.  The board has declined to take any action stating that an existing policy of dealing with Native students and parents on a school by school basis is sufficient.

MCPS students deserve an educational environment free from racism and racist slurs and imagery.  Please tell the Board of Education to take action to ensure that students have a safe educational environment for all students regardless of ethnicity.



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