A new combined high school and middle school in Newport will drop its Native American mascot imagery, while retaining the school's name. The move will leave Skowhegan Area High School as the last in Maine to use Native American imagery for its mascot. Credit: John Clarke Russ

The superintendent overseeing construction of a combined high school and middle school in Newport says the school’s Native American name likely will stay, but the image associated with its mascot likely will not.

A $53 million facility to combine Nokomis Regional High School and three middle schools is expected to open next August.

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Superintendent Mike Hammer told Morning Sentinel that officials are “on the edge” of the issue, but it’s likely that the mascot will no longer feature Native American imagery but rather a newer version of the term “warrior.”

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That would leave Skowhegan Area High School, with its nickname, “Indians,” as the last school in Maine using Native American imagery.

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