The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi are gradually moving ahead with plans to offer up to $500,000 of local revenue sharing payments from Firekeepers Casino toward changing potentially offensive team mascots.

The initiative, announced earlier this year, came from a revised compact with the state which allows for the formation of the Michigan Native American Heritage Fund. Jamie Stuck, the Nottawaseppi Huron Tribal Council chair, tells WBCK the initial intent would be to provide an application process for schools to request funds to help them change mascots.

Stuck said the funds would support districts in covering many of the associated costs with mascot changes, like new uniforms and letterhead.

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