HOUSTON Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier says it s time to correct a longstanding wrong with the use of Native American images as mascots.

He s asking trustees to approve a change in policy that would respect cultural differences, values, and attitudes by placing a ban on mascots or nicknames that use race or ethnicity.

That includes the Lamar High School Redskins, the Hamilton Middle School Indians, Westbury High School Rebels and the Welch Middle School Warriors.

The district is providing assistance to principals at those schools to work with their communities to honor the traditions of the old mascots while having new ones in place in time for the opening of school next August, Grier said in a statement released Monday.

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