Skowhegan High

A Maine school district is embroiled in a debate over how it should replace its now retired Native American-themed mascot and nickname.

A Maine business owned by a school board member is under fire after producing and selling apparel featuring a prohibited Native American-themed mascot.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

After years of contentious debate, votes, policy reversals, and almost 100 years of tradition, Skowhegan High School will no longer be allowed to use the name "Indians" as its mascot.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The Maine Department of Education has weighed in on the debate over the use of Native American mascots in schools.

Jennifer Mitchell/ Maine Public

The controversy over Skowhegan High School's use of the name "Indians" continued Thursday night as both sides presented what might be their last chance for public testimony before the MSAD 54 school board takes action.

Jay Field / For Maine Public

The tribal ambassador of the Penobscot Nation says she and others will keep up the pressure to retire Skowhegan High School's "Indians" mascot, despite attempts to let an "outside" group influence the issue.

A long simmering debate over Skowhegan High School's use of an ‘Indian’ mascot is once again headed for a showdown.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The school board representing MSAD 54 narrowly approved a motion Thursday night to hold a public forum in January to consider ending the use of Skowhegan High School's Indians mascot.