California first state to ban ‘Redskins’ name for public school teams, mascots

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The United Church of Christ has voted to boycott the Washington NFL team until it drops its logo and mascot, which Native Americans say are offensive. Photo by  Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports, courtesy of Reuters

The United Church of Christ has voted to boycott the Washington NFL team until it drops its logo and mascot, which Native Americans say are offensive. Photo by Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports, courtesy of Reuters

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The measure goes into effect, Jan. 1, 2017; it affects four schools still using the "R-word." They will be allowed to phase out materials such as uniforms because of cost concerns.