LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Michigan school superintendent doesn’t have authority to cut off tax dollars to districts with American Indian mascots or logos.
Schuette’s opinion was sought by state Rep. Tim Kelly, a Republican from Saginaw County.
Critics of schools with Indian mascots say they create a hostile environment and are culturally insensitive. But supporters say they’re signs of respect.
In March, Michigan Superintendent Brian Whiston proposed cutting up to 10 percent of a district’s annual payments if he had authority.