A Kansas commission says one step toward racial equity is to stop using Native Americans as mascots

SM North Bison

Shawnee Mission North High School earlier this year changed its mascot from the Indians to the Bison following the adoption of a new district policy prohibiting the use of racially stereotypical or offensive mascots. Changing such mascots was a recent recommendation from the statewide Commission on Racial Equity. File photo.

By Blaise Mesa

A state commission asked by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to study the state’s racial equity called for ending the use of Native Americans as team mascots, getting vaccines to underserved populations and expanding Medicaid. It also called for a higher minimum wage.