Indian mascot painted over at Skowhegan Area High School

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - There will be no familiar mascot when students return to Skowhegan Area High School next week.

Over the summer, workers painted over a mural on the gymnasium wall that depicted an American Indian spearfishing. The same image has been removed from a sign outside the school.

The school board voted to eliminate the mascot that was deemed offensive to Native Americans.

Lawmakers later adopted a state law doing the same.

School Administrative District 54 school board has not yet decided on a new mascot. SAD 54 includes Canaan, Cornville, Mercer, Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Smithfield.